Discover the remarkable achievements
of the First Peoples and the collection of totems at the Canadian
Museum of History in Gatineau. The exhibition at the First Peoples
Hall celebrates the diversity, creativity, resourcefulness and
endurance of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples through
artifacts, images and historical and contemporary documents.
Your next stop is in Montreal at the
McCord Museum to see the permanent exhibition Wearing our
Identity – The First Peoples Collection, which focuses on
the importance of dress and its intrinsic connection to the
identity of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The dress
presented demonstrates the creativity and vitality of Aboriginal
peoples. Continue your discovery at the shop, where you’ll find
various crafts that complement the exhibition.
Head to Nicolet-Yamaska to visit the Musée
des Abénakis, the first Aboriginal museum in Quebec. The
cultural and spiritual universe of the Abenakis, preserved through
oral tradition, is revealed by way of a multimedia show,
exhibitions and educational activities. If you have the chance to
visit in early July, don’t miss the Pow Wow of Odanak, where you
can admire the regalia of performers at this moving, festive
Cross the St. Lawrence River to reach the
Mauricie region. Domaine Notcimik offers a program of activities and events about Aboriginal culture, mainly that of the Atikamekw. Visitors are welcomed in a spirit of truth and reconciliation and can choose from various packages to plan a vacation that promises to be authentic.
In the Québec City region, 20 minutes
from downtown, the Huron Onhoüa Chetek8e Traditional Site tells
the story of the Huron-Wendat nation past and present and offers many
activities, such as canoeing, telling of
stories and legends, craft-making and archery workshops. After a
guided tour, have a meal at the Nek8arre restaurant, which
cooks game meat and fish specialties as well as traditional
Follow the river eastward and take the Tadoussac ferry to the Innu Essipit lands. In addition to offering whale-watching cruises,
this formerly nomadic nation offers a complete experience focused
on nature and welcomes tourists from all over the world. Plan a
stay at one of the two campgrounds or at an outfitter and enjoy
the outdoor activities and breathtaking scenery!
Drive to Mashteuiatsh in the
Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean region to learn more about Pekuakamiulnuatsh
cultural heritage. See the exhibitions at the museum and meet
Indigenous artisans who will be proud to show you their traditions
and ancestral craft-making methods. There are also many special
events that take place during the summer.
Get ready for a drive that will be
long but rewarding! After 8 hours on the road from Mashteuiatsh,
you’ll get to the amazing Eeyou Istchee James Bay region, known
for outdoor activities like hunting and fishing, caribou-watching
and ecotourism, not to mention the spectacular Aurora Borealis!
Visit the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, a public space
where visitors learn about, experience and celebrate Cree culture,
and admire the magnificent views that remind us of the importance
of nature all around us.
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