Indigenous Arts Conference

Indigenous Women's Arts Conference 2020

March 27 - 29, 2020 | National Museum of History | Willis College, St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa
An event to [re]connect and empower Indigenous women by promoting the safe transfer and conservation of cultural knowledge


In order to keep everyone 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

Museum of History

Archive tours, dinner, Eagle feather ceremony in honour of missing and murdered Indigenous women and performances. National Museum of History, Gatineau.

Get tickets here.


Over a dozen workshops will be available to Indigenous women at Willis College in the St.Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa (theatre entrance).

Registration opens March 2020.


Dozens of Indigenous women will demonstrate and sell their hand made art at the St.Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa (theatre entrance).

All are welcome!

Tansi! Tawnshi! Tawow! Shé:kon! Annii! Boozhoo! Kwey Kwey! ᐊᐃ

The AACC is proud to work on this monumental project with partners, friends, artists and community members.

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.

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Millside Ceramics, Tyendinaga,

Art workshops are focused on Indigenous women who are subject to restricted budgets and cannot normally afford Indigenous arts workshops,  or 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, knowledge-keepers, partners, artists and volunteers.

Our 2020 will include a tour of the Museum of History archives and extensive workshop options for all Indigenous women.

March 27, 2020 | National Museum of History.

Archive Tours

March 27th | 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Identifying, Reclaiming and Revitalizing Indigenous Arts and Culture.

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.

This event is for IWAC facilitators only very limited space.

To find out how to get your free tour of the archives, contact


Reception Dinner

March 27th | 5pm - 7pm

Limited seating. Tickets $75 Canadian or $56 U.S.D. Order here.

Must have tickets.


Indigenous Women's Arts Conference opening ceremony with Algonquin Elder, Claudette Commanda.

Dinner - Indigenous Chef Phoebe Blackstock will be serving bannock, 3 Sisters soup, wild rice salad, salmon, chicken and desert.

This is an alcohol free event.


March 27th | 7-10pm

Must have ticket.
No fee. Limited seating. Order here.

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.


March 27, & 28, 2020 | St.Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa

Traditional Arts Workshops

March 28 & 29 | 9am - 4pm

Willis College, St.Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa

Registration will open March 2020

Over a dozen workshops including:

Black ash basketry, ribbon Skirts, drums, painting, porcupine quilling, caribou tufting, beaded feathers, moccasins and more.

Registration: Workshop registration is free for women who cannot afford to contribute financially. If you are able to pay for your workshop, your donation will sponsor a woman who cannot pay.

Please watch our Facebook Page and Facebook Event Page for conference announcements.

Indigenous Arts Marketplace

March 28 & 29, | 9am-4pm

Everyone is welcome to shop!

Dozens of Indigenous women artists will be selling their hand made works.

Artists include: Millside Ceramics, The Beading Drum, Wick It, Rebecca Maracle, The Art for Aid Project, FNTI, Pass The Feather, Ama Beads, Tealey Products, Migwan's Wigwam, Jill Simser Beadwork and more!

Vendors: 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.

Conference Details

Accomodations Nearby

Closest hotels to conference site (St.Laurent Shopping Centre, 1200 St.Laurent Blvd., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada).

Holiday Inn Ottawa East, 1199 Joseph Cyr St, Ottawa, ON K1J 7T4 (613) 744-1060

Comfort Inn Ottawa East, 1252 Michael St, Ottawa, ON K1J 7T1 (613) 744-2900

WelcomeInns, 1220 Michael St, Gloucester, ON K1J 7T1 (613) 748-7800 (official conference hotel | $135/night (taxes and breakfast included). this is a group rate. Contact to book rooms.

IAC Traditional Indigenous Art Workshops for Indigenous Women

IAC Traditional Indigenous Art Market @ St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa

Indigenous Marketplace in the St.Laurent Mall

Our Indigenous Arts Marketplace offered over 30 vendors free prime retail space within the St.Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa. Vendors reported exceptional sales and a welcoming environment. Shoppers expressed their happiness at having hand made products in the mall and their spending reflected that. All have committed to returning for next year's conference.


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2020 IAC is sponsored in part by:

We'd like your feedback.

Participants, Workshop Facilitators and Vendors are asked to fill out our evaluation forms regarding the 2019 Indigenous Arts Conference.