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Indigenous Culture & History

Learn about Ontario’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures through artistic expression, culinary customs, festive events, heritage sites and sacred places.

The history and culture of Ontario’s Inuit, Métis and First Nations people is closely knit to land and water. Feel the reverence for the natural world on a guided tour or spirit walk or at ancient petroglyph and pictograph sites.

Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay demonstrates fur trade post life as it was in 1815, while Sainte-Marie among the Hurons offers insight into a village inhabited by early European settlers and the Huron Wendat people. Visit other reconstructed heritage sites and preserved villages to learn about the development of the fur trade and its impact on indigenous people.

Enjoy Inuit and Iroquois sculptures and paintings, and West Coast masks and wood art at Gallery Indigena in Stratford. 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 speciality, interactive food and craft making workshops with Great Spirit Circle Trail on Manitoulin Island. Taste traditional foods such as bannock, frybread, Indian tacos and blueberry dumplings at Tea-n-Bannock in Toronto. Don’t forget to try the speciality Labrador tea from St. James Bay.

Wood shavings

Fort William Historical Park

Historic recreations let visitors explore Métis and First Nations cultures during the early days of the fur trade era.

Three people looking at Indigenous Art

Sainte Marie Among the Hurons

In Midland, time travel to a reconstructed Indigenous village and learn about Ontario's earliest European settlers and the Huron Wendat People.