Local Indigenous Cultural Tours
Ottawa offers a rich tapestry of Indigenous history and contemporary expressions. Delegates will have the chance to explore local Indigenous tourism experiences and immerse themselves in the warmth and hospitality of the Indigenous communities. Every registered conference attendee receives a complimentary ticket for a local Indigenous tour. Booking your tours is highly recommended; cultural tours have limited capacities and availability.
Only one tour is permitted per person.
Complimentary Tour Options
Indigenous Walks is a walk and talk through downtown Ottawa from an Indigenous perspective. Together walkers and guide will explore social, political and cultural issues through architecture, landscape, monuments and art. Indigenous Walks is owned and operated by Jaime Koebel. Nehiyaw/Michif from Lac La Biche, Alberta. Approximate tour length: 90 mins. Exact timings will be confirmed and sent to all participants in the new year.
Makatew Workshops helps companies and communities appreciate Indigenous culture without the fear of appropriating it. Our Medicine Bag workshop provides a safe space to learn, ask questions, and have fun while making a sacred traditional item. Approximate workshop length: 90 minutes. Exact timings will be confirmed and sent to all participants in the new year.
An Indigenous cafe In Ottawa in the popular TD Place where you will find good coffee and experience art, culture of Indigenous people. In this workshop, you will take part in a beading workshop and create your own piece of work. Approximate workshop length: 2 – 3 hours. Exact timings will be confirmed and sent to all participants in the new year.
Symmes Inn Museum
“Built in 1831 by Charles Symmes, founder of Aylmer and nephew of Philemon Wright, this hotel welcomed passengers traveling from Montreal and allowed them to spend the night before catching a steamer to continue up the Ottawa River towards the northwest areas. For many decades, the inn was the most important stopover in the Ottawa Region when travelling by land and on water. The Symmes Inn: Windows onto the Ottawa River permanent exhibition at the Symmes Inn Museum shows how the Anishinabeg contributed to the region’s economic development. Learn about rights of way and how the Indigenous people served as political and commercial intermediaries in the Outaouais.” Approximate workshop length: 2 hours. Exact timings will be confirmed and sent to all participants in the new year.
The original stone villa was built in 1838 by Thomas MacKay as a home for his family. MacKay, a stonemason, was one of the general contractors of the Rideau Canal entrance locks and the mills at Rideau Falls, the landmark after which Rideau Hall was named. It has been home to every governor general since Confederation. Over the years, various changes have been made to the stately old building to meet the demands of modern times. The grounds, the main residence and its interiors have also evolved to better reflect and reinforce Rideau Hall’s identity as one of Canada’s official residences. Approximate workshop length: 45 minutes. Exact timings will be confirmed and sent to all participants in the new year.