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Learn about Indigenous cultures in Ontario through artistic expression, culinary customs, festive events, heritage sites and sacred places.
National Indigenous Peoples Day takes place on June 21, which is also the day of summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Special events will be held in cities, towns and communities across the province.
Join in the festivities at Saint Marie among the Hurons or catch a performance during the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival in Ottawa. Six Nations Tourism is host to a variety of cultural and arts and crafts events and festivals. Take in provocative film and art at the annual imagineNATIVE festival.
Pow wows are social and spiritual gatherings to celebrate the customs and honour the leaders of indigenous peoples through food, music, dance and ceremony. Attending a pow wow is not only a great privilege, but also an opportunity to gain insight into sacred legends and surviving traditions.
Enjoy Inuit and Iroquois sculptures and paintings, and West Coast masks and wood art at Gallery Indigena in Stratford. Marvel at the work of legendary Anishinaabe artists, Norval Morrisseau and Roy Thomas, at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre. Explore the Indigenous Art Collection at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
See a spectacular collection of First Nations fine art, sculpture, music and crafts at the Whetung Ojibwa Centre near Peterborough and explore the First Nation Art Garden at the Toronto Zoo for creations from Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe artists. Discover over 25,000 artefacts and explore First Nations art at the Woodland Cultural Centre near Brantford. Choose from a series of unique group tours offered by Ottawa’s Aboriginal Experiences that showcase foods, performances and displays of visual art from a variety of Indigenous cultures.
Get hands-on with interactive food and craft making workshops with Great Spirit Circle Trail on Manitoulin Island. Taste bannock, frybread and blueberry dumplings at Tea-n-Bannock in Toronto. Pow Wow Cafe in Kensington Market will treat you to Ojibway tacos, or try Anishaabe fare at NishDish restaurant.