Indigenous Arts Conference

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Indigenous Women's Art Conference 2020

March 27 - 29, 2020 | National Museum of History | Willis College, St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa
March 30 & 31, 2019 | Willis College, St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa
An event for learning, sharing and empowering Indigenous artists and entrepreneurs.
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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.

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.

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Conference Objectives

 To ensure that knowledge of traditional Indigenous art forms are taught and shared across our communities and that we obtain the information we need to teach the next generation of Indigenous artists. Economic and social inclusion, reconciliation and equality are our main priorities.
• We all have the right to learn how to make the things that our ancestors made – regardless of financial status.•
• We all have a responsibility to teach our youth the history and spirituality that comes with creating Indigenous arts. •

In 2019, over 200 Indigenous women registered and participated in free workshops including black ash basketry, fancy basketry, ribbon skirts, drums, Inuit linocuts, painting, birch bark biting, porcupine quilling, caribou tufting, beading and moccasin making.

The IAC also offered non-Indigenous participants the opportunity to do the Kairos Blanket Exercise - a moving activity to enlighten and connect people to the history of Indigenous people.

We've created 3 videos and a photo gallery of the IAC 2019.

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:

In 2019 we empowered Indigenous entrepreneurs in the arts in partnership with:

We'd like your feedback.

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