Explore the rich Indigenous cultural landscapes of Canada’s capital during your days in Ottawa. From a lively and informative stroll with Indigenous Walks, cultural tours of a traditional village, to immersion in the engaging collections of educational exhibits throughout national museums. This package honours the history and present-day experience of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples from across Canada.
May - September
Indigenous Experiences in Ottawa Itinerary
Canada’s National Museums provide an opportunity to learn about the Arctic through authentic specimens and artifacts, stunning multimedia, fun interactive games and more. Learn about Arctic geography, ecosystems and sustainability, as well as the impacts of climate change. This permanent gallery includes the Northern Voices Gallery, with special exhibits that provide an opportunity for Northern communities to share their own perspectives about the Arctic and their relationship with the land.
The current exhibit is Inuinnauyugut: We Are Inuinnait, which explores the history and culture of the Inuinnait (formerly known as Copper Inuit) and get an inside perspective of what it means to be Inuinnait in the contemporary world. This community-driven exhibition examines the centennial anniversary of Inuinnait contact with the Canadian Arctic Expedition.
The Canada Goose Arctic Gallery also includes the extraordinary multi-media exhibit – Beyond Ice – that harnesses the power of real ice to create a window into the Arctic, a land like no other.Website: www.Nature.ca
Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Conference Centre Gatineau-Ottawa is centrally located in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Guests can experience the unique French culture on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River while taking in all that the National Capital Region has to offer during their days in Ottawa. Located right across from the Canadian Museum of History, beside the Palais des Congrès, and Gatineau’s Maison du Citoyen, the hotel and conference centre has a beautiful view of Parliament Hill and is only a five-minute drive to downtown Ottawa and the ByWard Market.Website: www.StarWoodHotels.com/fourpoints/
Get to know Ottawa! Indigenous Walks are walk-and-talk tours through downtown Ottawa. Taking place on the land of the Anishinabe Peoples called Turtle Island, the tours guide participants on various walks through Ottawa’s public spaces and explore landscape, architecture, art, and monuments through an Indigenous perspective.
Start locations are easily accessible by foot or Ottawa Public Transit. Most tours begin at the Human Rights Monument in front of City Hall just off Elgin Street and Laurier Avenue. Each tour is two hours long and covers approximately two kilometers through downtown Ottawa.Website: www.IndigenousWalks.com
The First Peoples Hall celebrates the history, diversity, creativity, resourcefulness, and endurance of Canada’ s First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. In doing so, it presents a vivid record of cultural richness and a story of survival, renewal, and vitality.
Through more than 2,000 historical and contemporary objects, images and documents, the First Peoples Hall depicts the traditional cultures of Aboriginal peoples across Canada and how European contact and settlement impacted the people and their cultures. Visitors will encounter ceremonial and everyday objects, such as clothing and tools, as well as ceremonial objects and some of the oldest artifacts in the Museum’s collection — amongst them one of the oldest representations of a human face. Visitors will also discover ancient and contemporary interpretations of myths and other traditional ways of knowledge, as well as videos, art and vivid dioramas. They will learn about the achievements of contemporary Aboriginal peoples in every aspect of Canadian society — as artists, athletes, writers, soldiers, teachers, political leaders and more.
A visit to the First Peoples Hall will leave you with a better understanding of the diversity of First Peoples, of their past and continuing contributions to Canada and the world, and of their ancient bond and relationship to the land.Website: www.HistoryMuseum.ca
This is an exciting half-day package that takes you on a journey through Canadian history. It begins with a self-guided tour at the First People’s Hall at the Canadian Museum of History, Canada’s largest and most visited museum. The First Peoples Hall celebrates the history, diversity, creativity, resourcefulness, and endurance of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada. It presents a vivid record of cultural richness and a story of survival, renewal, and vitality.
The First Peoples Hall depicts the traditional cultures, the ancient and contemporary interpretations of myths and other traditional ways of knowledge, as well as the achievements of contemporary Aboriginal peoples in Canada. every aspect of Canadian society — as artists, athletes, writers, soldiers, teachers, political leaders and more. A visit to the First Peoples Hall will leave you with a better understanding of the diversity of First Peoples, of their past and continuing contributions to Canada and the world, and of their ancient bond and relationship to the land.
Following this visit, our new voyageurs, which could be you, set off in Rabaska Canoes from the shores of the Museum with costumed animated voyageurs. As guests paddle (1 hour) to the sacred Victoria Island, the traditional territory of the Algonquin peoples, they will learn about the way of life for these early explorers and be greeted upon arrival with a traditional welcome onto the historical island.
Guests will enjoy an interactive guided tour of the Indigenous village and enjoy vibrant First Nation’s dance performances before joining in the “friendship dance”.
Guests will also have the opportunity to interact with Cultural Ambassadors who will be more than happy to answer any questions. The Aboriginal Voyageur package can also have meal options for both lunch and dinner added.Website: www.AboriginalExperiences.com
Authentic Indigenous Experiences
Authentic indigenous experiences are delivered by indigenous tourism businesses located from across Canada and many are members of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC).
Indigenous Tourism can be defined as all tourism businesses majority owned, operated and/or controlled by First Nations, Metis, or Inuit Peoples that can demonstrate a connection and responsibility to the local indigenous community and traditional territory where the operation resides.x
This package includes experiences with the following authentic Indigenous tourism businesses:
- Indigenous Walks is owned by Jaime Koebel, Otipemisiwak/Nehiyaw (Métis/Cree) from Lac La Biche in northern, Alberta who has lived on unceded Algonquin Territory (Ottawa) since 2000.
- Aboriginal Experiences is a non-profit, created in partnership with the Odawa Friendship Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.
- 2 nights moderate accommodations
- Admission to the Canadian Museum of Nature
- Indigenous Kayak / Walking Tour
- Admission to the Canadian Museum of History
* Package price is the suggested starting price per person based on a double occupancy and does not include taxes.
** Flight option not included in package price. Transportation may vary to customer request and availability.
Indigenous Experiences in Ottawa Image Gallery
Canadian Museum of Nature
Canadian Museum of History