Local Indigenous Cultural Tours
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to experience local Indigenous tourism while you are in Winnipeg, Manitoba for IITC. Multi-day tour packages are available pre-conference and post-conference, and every registered conference attendee receives a complimentary ticket for a local Indigenous tour. Additional tickets are available for purchase at registration if you would like to add a guest. Tours fill up quickly so book early to avoid disappointment!
All tours have been carefully selected to highlight local storytellers, Indigenous tourism businesses and experiences with modern and ancient culture. Whether you prefer an outdoor walking tour, a shopping excursion or a hands-on workshop — your Adventure to Understanding awaits!
Complimentary Tour Options
Experience an authentic Indigenous tour of the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail located 10 minutes North of the Brokenhead First Nation. The tour will be guided by Carl Smith, an Ojibwe from the Brokenhead First Nation. Walk down a 1.4 kilometre boardwalk that is surrounded by this unique protected ecological reserve. The boardwalk was built so that elders could pass on their traditional knowledge of the wetlands to their children and grandchildren. Carl will share his knowledge of the plants, medicines, trees and insects and how they were used traditionally by his ancestors. Also integrated in this guided tour is teachings of respect, purpose, awareness, education, balance and connection.
Bannock Point Petroforms
Head east from Winnipeg to the beautiful Whiteshell Provincial Park and the Bannock Point Petroforms. Experience this historic site with an authentic Indigenous perspective conducted by Anishinaabe knowledge keeper and heritage interpreter, Diane Maytwayashing. These informative tours include explanations of the Petroforms and history of the Anishinaabe people who gathered and held ceremonies at the site for thousands of years. The stone formations which are shaped into turtles, serpents, divine beings, and celestial women all embody a story, song, and meaning. The site is acknowledged as the place where the Anishinaabe Creation Story began, while these Petroforms were the original instructions of how people were to live in balance with the ecological systems of Mother Earth. The Ancient Petroforms of the Whiteshell are the Indigenous people’s Life University, a place of endless knowledge.
Borealis Beading provides you with a hands-on creative experience where participants learn the art and skill of two-needle beading along with its cultural and historical significance to the Métis people, “The Flower Beadwork People.” Workshops are delivered in a style reflective of the traditional beading circle format where friends and family would meet to share stories and talk about their day while passing on the traditional art of beadwork.
Return to Spirit Workshop
This Seeds of Reconciliation presentation will explore the concept of what reconciliation is by discovering unresolved conflicts through a visual tool uniquely brought forward by the Return to Spirit trainers. The resources will provide participants with valuable insights into themselves while also giving them the essence of our workshop process through engaging, experiential conversations that delve into the heart of what we think reconciliation means and how it applies to our life.
Cedar Lake Ranch
Head out to gorgeous Cedar Lake Ranch east of Winnipeg, nestled on 98 acres of treed land, with an abundance of mother nature surrounding the property. Partake in a day of cultural awareness training that includes viewing an Indigenized workshop and sweat lodge, see their various workshop offerings such as rattle and drum making, and then experience traditional tipi building. The tour includes a lunch of local fare such as bison stew, bannock and wild rice.
Owned by Chef Christa Bruneau-Guenther, Feast is a charming West End café that dishes up casual comfort food using ingredients indigenous to the land. Head into the kitchen for some traditional bannock making and then enjoy a delicious local lunch in the cafe.
Clear Paths Cycling Tours
Partnership between Indigenous & non-Indigenous operator
Embark on an easy cultural cycling tour through Winnipeg’s downtown. Cyclist and tour guide Adrian Alphonso of Clear Paths will highlight public art and historical landmarks that celebrate Winnipeg’s Indigenous identity. Stops will include Niimaamaa sculpture at The Forks, a historic statue of Louis Riel, Métis leader and father of Manitoba, and an interactive public art display at Upper Fort Garry.
APTN Studio Tour
Join us on an in-depth tour of APTN’s national headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Since 1999, the network has shared Indigenous stories and cultures through award-winning programming in French, English and a variety of Indigenous languages. Go behind the scenes and meet some of the talented folks at the world’s first national Indigenous broadcaster!
Visit Fort Gibraltar, a reconstructed fort based on the banks of the Red River and site of the annual Festival du Voyageur. Enjoy Indigenous cultural programming and a delicious traditional lunch in the warm atmosphere of the Governor’s House inside this Fur Trade fort and relive a piece of fur trade era life.
Louis Riel Tour
Louis Riel, known as the founding father of Manitoba, is one of the most controversial characters in Manitoba’s history. Having led the Métis resistance in 1869 and 1885, Riel symbolizes the antagonism between East and West, White and Indigenous, French and English Canada. Learn about this part of our history and visit some of the sites which were part of the creation of the Province of Manitoba and today are a symbol of perseverance and remembrance.
Shopping and Art Tour
Meet local, talented Indigenous designers, makers and artists and visit their studios, galleries, and boutiques on this tour, where you’ll be able to shop and participate in hands-on crafting. We’ll also stop by the Winnipeg Art Gallery for a sneak peek of the highly anticipated Inuit Art Centre, set to open in late 2020, along with touring the art exhibits Kwaa-nihtaawakihk (A Hard Birth), and Gwaaba’ibii (To Draw Water).
Visit the Manitoba Museum for a journey through the galleries and exhibits that explore Manitoba from north to south. Delve into the human and natural history of the province, including the historical and contemporary stories of Indigenous communities and the stories at the heart of Manitoba’s history.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights for their Indigenous Rights Tour. Inspired by the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, it explores the connections between contemporary issues and historical violations of Indigenous rights. Experience a 360-degree film in a circular “basket” theatre, a four-storey clay work of art, stories of survival, and explore the unique exhibits through the Museum’s galleries. Participate in activities that challenge dominant world views and reflect on Indigenous Peoples’ resilience in the face of genocidal policies. Discuss the power of breaking down stereotypes and using respectful language. Consider pathways to taking individual action towards reconciliation.
Lower Fort Garry
Join Anishinaabek traditional knowledge keeper Alan Sutherland for a sweat lodge ceremony at Lower Fort Garry, the site where Treaty 1 was negotiated and signed between local First Nations and the Crown in 1871. After a light meal, join Allen and Parks Canada staff on a one-hour, treaty-focused walking tour of this national historic site. Allen Sutherland is Anishinaabe and Saulteaux (Skownan First Nation) and of the Bizhiw doodem (lynx clan). He is a consultant who helps organizations build formal relations with the local First Nations in Treaty 1 territory, and conducts Treaty education workshops.
The Forks History Tour
The land at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers is traditionally named Niizhoziibean (“two rivers” in Objiway), and is commonly referred to as The Forks. This area has been a meeting and healing place for Indigenous peoples for over 6,000 years, and today remains a gathering place in downtown Winnipeg for locals and visitors alike for celebration, shopping, dining and recreation. Join a walking tour of The Forks that highlights Indigenous landmarks, art, and memorials around the grounds.