Family Cultural Connections

Fun activities and educational resources for the whole family to foster appreciation and understanding of Canada’s rich and diverse indigenous culture and heritage.   

LEGACY ARTIST SHOWCASE – Watch 2021 Program Videos ON-DEMAND
Most of our 2021 programming including expert-led workshop videos, live performances and cultural presentations, is available year-round for on-demand viewing. Supply lists, instruction sheets and other resources can be downloaded from individual event pages. 
 
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The Legacy Artist Showcase is made possible with funding from The Canada Council for the Arts.
 

 

Colouring Contest

Weekly colouring contests will engage youth of all ages. Original works of art have been purchased from 3 Indigenous artists (Pam Callou, Cristi Belcourt and Jason Gullo) and is available online to download. Participants can upload their finished works (by age) to social media using the hashtag #SSIFColouring and encourage votes. Weekly prizes by vote...

Algonquin Language BINGO June 11

Join us to play Four Directions Bingo starting Friday, June 4th at 6pm! North is Kiwedin. East is Wabanong. South is Shawanong. West is Pangishimo. Each Winner with the 4 directions (4 correctly placed numbers) receives $50. A full card gives you a jackpot of $500! Click on this link: https://mfbc.us/v/gh46cr9 and generate your free...

Kehewin Native Dance Theatre & Safari Jeff

Available On-Demand until June 30th

Temporarily postponed Kehewin Native Dance Theatre & Safari Jeff & Shannon - Indigenous stories and dances and live presentation of the snakes and reptiles from Safari Jeff & Shannon.

Algonquin Language BINGO June 18

Join us to play Four Directions Bingo starting Friday, June 4th at 6pm! North is Kiwedin. East is Wabanong. South is Shawanong. West is Pangishimo. Each Winner with the 4 directions (4 correctly placed numbers) receives $50. A full card gives you a jackpot of $500! Click on this link: https://mfbc.us/v/gh46cr9 and generate your free...

Ojibwe Spirit Horses

Available On-Demand until June 30th

When Terry Jenkins was a child, Indigenous horses ran wild on Wapole Island and in the late 1960s these ponies were eradicated from the island and the culture of their native people. Terry's dad, Ernie Jenkins brought home a trailer load of these ponies and it triggered wonderment in a young child's eyes. When Terry...

Sunrise Ceremony

Available On-Demand until June 30th

Join an Elder in a sacred space on your own and follow the virtual sunrise ceremony. The ceremony is an empowerment tool and meant to nurture resourcefulness among urban Aboriginal youth of Ottawa.

Other Events

  • Music and Nature, at the Museum of Nature! / Musique et Nature, au Musée canadien de la nature

    Music and Nature transports you on a musical interlude. Music and games from Inuit and Mohawk performers, with museum galleries as a backdrop Filmed in 2020 at the Canadian Museum of Nature, these performances are part of the Music and beyond Festival

    June 1
  • Inuit Games / Les jeux inuit

    Inuit Games / Les jeux inuit Aalla (Stranger) and his son Damian guide us through several traditional Inuit games. Set in the Qilalukkat exhibition, inside the Museum’s Canada Goose Arctic Gallery. Aalla (Stranger) et son fils, Damian, nous guident à travers plusieurs jeux traditionnels inuits. L'exposition Qilalukkat se déroule dans la Galerie de l'Arctique Canada...

    June 1
  • A virtual visit to Qilalukkat! at the Canadian Museum of Nature / Une visite virtuelle a Qilalukkat! à la musée canadienne de la nature

    Discover beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) and their relationship with the Inuit people of the Western Arctic, the Inuvialuit. Qilalukkat! Belugas and Inuvialuit: Our Survival Together explores the history and traditions of beluga harvesting, a vital part of present-day Inuvialuit life. Created by Inuvialuit curator, Myrna Pokiak from Tuktoyaktuk, the exhibition follows a modern Inuvialuilt family...

    June 1
  • Official Opening Ceremony

    Join Elder Annie Smith St Georges for an official opening ceremony and virtual welcome to the unceded Algonquin territory. We want to recognize and respect the tremendous grief our community is feeling right now and welcome everyone to join the elder in a virtual smudge. For our friends who do not know, a smudge is...

    June 1 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Gather- Food Documentary

    AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND UNTIL JUNE 30

    June 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Algonquin Language BINGO June 4

    Join us to play Four Directions Bingo starting Friday, June 4th at 6pm! North is Kiwedin. East is Wabanong. South is Shawanong. West is Pangishimo. Each Winner with the 4 directions (4 correctly placed numbers) receives $50. A full card gives you a jackpot of $500!

    June 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Colouring Contest

    Weekly colouring contests will engage youth of all ages. Original works of art have been purchased from 3 Indigenous artists (Pam Callou, Cristi Belcourt and Jason Gullo) and is available online to download. Participants can upload their finished works (by age) to social media using the hashtag #SSIFColouring and encourage votes. Weekly prizes by vote...

    June 8 @ 10:00 am - June 21 @ 12:00 am
  • Algonquin Language BINGO June 11

    Join us to play Four Directions Bingo starting Friday, June 4th at 6pm! North is Kiwedin. East is Wabanong. South is Shawanong. West is Pangishimo. Each Winner with the 4 directions (4 correctly placed numbers) receives $50. A full card gives you a jackpot of $500! Click on this link: https://mfbc.us/v/gh46cr9 and generate your free...

    June 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Kehewin Native Dance Theatre & Safari Jeff

    Temporarily postponed Kehewin Native Dance Theatre & Safari Jeff & Shannon - Indigenous stories and dances and live presentation of the snakes and reptiles from Safari Jeff & Shannon.

    June 13 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Algonquin Language BINGO June 18

    Join us to play Four Directions Bingo starting Friday, June 4th at 6pm! North is Kiwedin. East is Wabanong. South is Shawanong. West is Pangishimo. Each Winner with the 4 directions (4 correctly placed numbers) receives $50. A full card gives you a jackpot of $500! Click on this link: https://mfbc.us/v/gh46cr9 and generate your free...

    June 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Ojibwe Spirit Horses

    When Terry Jenkins was a child, Indigenous horses ran wild on Wapole Island and in the late 1960s these ponies were eradicated from the island and the culture of their native people. Terry's dad, Ernie Jenkins brought home a trailer load of these ponies and it triggered wonderment in a young child's eyes. When Terry...

    June 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Sunrise Ceremony

    Join an Elder in a sacred space on your own and follow the virtual sunrise ceremony. The ceremony is an empowerment tool and meant to nurture resourcefulness among urban Aboriginal youth of Ottawa.

    June 21 @ 6:00 am - 7:00 am
  • Where Are The Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools

    LEARN about the history of the residential school system, and its impacts on the Indigenous people of Canada.                WATCH THE VIDEO Where are...

    July 1 - August 30