Indigenous Women's Arts Conference

In taking inspiration from the Haudenosaunee Seventh Generation Principle, this conference will serve to preserve and revitalize endangered Indigenous art forms and enrich lives through Indigenous arts and culture. 

This conference [re]connects and empowers Indigenous women by promoting the transfer and conservation of cultural knowledge; securing the capacity for the next seven generations to retain and cultivate intrinsic cultural connections.

Indigenous Women's Art Conference 2020

March 27 - 29, 2020 | National Museum of History | Willis College, St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa
This event is only open to those who identify as Indigenous women.

This event is for those who identify as Indigenous women

who are subject to restricted budgets and cannot normally afford Indigenous arts workshops and who have been disconnected from their family/community and culture and seek to [re]connect with traditional teachings.

We welcome all who share our concerns for endangered Indigenous art forms and artists and thank those who have shown their support to this knowledge sharing initiative including:

Elders and Knowledge-Keepers, partners (Willis College, Canadian Museum of History, St.Laurent Shopping Centre), sponsors (Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Pass The Feather) artists and volunteers.

Our 2020 will include a tour of the Museum of History archives, opening reception and performances. Buy Tickets here.

Registration for workshops will open March 2020.

Tickets for Museum of History archives tour, reception dinner and performances are available now. 
Conference Announcements:

Please watch our Facebook Page and Facebook Event Page for conference announcements.


Vendor spaces for the 2020 conference are full. To be on a waiting list, please 'Create your own page' on our website at this link:

All vendors must be First Nations, Métis or Inuit. All products must be hand made. No medicines or sacred items can be sold.

Workshop Registration:

Workshop registration is free for women who cannot afford to come. If you are able to pay for your workshop, your donation will sponsor a woman who cannot pay.

Please consider sponsoring a woman. Click the image above to donate.

1-4pm | Tour of Archives: Identifying, Reclaiming and Revitalizing Indigenous Arts and Culture.

Limited spaces. Registration Open. 3 tour times to choose from.

The collections, which take up 4 kilometers of shelf space, date from the 1860s to the present and consist of Indigenous archaeological specimens, sacred items, artifacts including basketry, regalia, beaded items, musical transcriptions and more.

Participants will tour and identify works created in Indigenous communities across the Turtle Island.

5pm | Museum of History Grand Hall

Tickets $75 Can. | $56 U.S.D

Your ticket is a donation to the Indigenous Women's Arts Conference and includes dinner and an evening of performances.

Opening ceremony by Algonquin Elder, Claudette Commanda.

Indigenous Chef Phoebe Blacksmith will prepare bannock, three sisters soup, salmon, chicken and a desert. This event is alcohol free.

7-10pm | Museum of History Great Hall

Tickets will be available March 2020 - no fee, limited seating, registration required.

Eagle Feather dedication to missing and murdered Indigenous women and women who have taken their own lives. Mothers, daughters, sisters will receive the feather to carry for their loved one. CONTACT US HERE.

Indigenous Performers:

Theresa Bear Fox and the Haudenosaunee Women's Singers, Twin Flames, Fancy Shawl Dancers and Inuit Throat Singer, Tracy Sarazin.


Over 20 Indigenous arts workshops over two days.

Workshop registration will open in March.

About Us

The Aboriginal Arts Collective of Canada is a Canada incorporated not-for-profit. Corporation number: 946986-9