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.


In order to keep each other safe, our AACC Board of Directors will reschedule our women’s gathering.
We have many Elders coming to the gathering and we take that very seriously. The safety of our Elders is top priority. We also have many people traveling to our gathering from across Turtle Island and we do not want to contribute to the spread of the virus.
We will reschedule the event but it WILL NOT be canceled. Delaying it will only mean it we have time to make it even better!
All of the registrations and payments will remain in place and no further action iS required on your part.When the new date is set, your registration will not change and we will contact you for confirmation of attendance.
If you are unable to attend, we will be happy to refund your ticket/registration fees.
Take care of each other. Stay in, stay safe, take care of your Elders and wait it out. XO
From your AACC board of directors: Talena, Jenny, Chandra & Dawn

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 4th 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.


A Gathering for Indigenous Women

Sweetgrass and Black Ash Basket | Carrie Hill, Chill Baskets

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 available  - no fee, limited seating, registration required.

*This ticket does not include dinner.

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.


Workshop registration will open March 4th, 2020.

Over 20 Indigenous arts workshops over two days.

About Us

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