Indigenous Women's Arts Conference 2020

March 27 - 29, 2020 | National Museum of History | Willis College, St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa

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.


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 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 (we are hoping for November of 2020), 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 IACC board of directors: Talena, Jenny, Chandra, Lindsey & Dawn

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

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

The mandate of the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada is to support Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers in the safe transfer of arts and culture.

Over time, the extensive damage to our Indigenous communities and families has interrupted the transmission of valuable knowledge and resulted in generations of Indigenous people that seek to [re]learn our original ways of being. This knowledge is what the IACC strives to  [re]capture through programming and gatherings such as the Indigenous Women's Arts Conference.

We must be gentle with our Elders; they are our last connection to Indigenous ways of knowing.


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This conference presents dozens of Indigenous arts and culture workshops and reaches out specifically to elevate home based artists, Elders, urban and on reserve Indigenous mothers, daughters and sisters.

We believe that the knowledge lives in the homes of these women and by enabling them spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally and financially, we are not only empowering each other to establish important contributions but we are cultivating, protecting and conserving the ways of our grandmothers and ancestors.

This women's gathering and all those to come are traditional, community based activities that will advance and regenerate both ancient and contemporary creation of Indigenous arts while assuring that our spirituality accompanies each piece we create.


Tickets and Registration Open

This conference has three venues.

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.

Cultural Workshops

Over 20 Indigenous arts and culture workshops available (drums, beading, quilling, and more) throughout the weekend. Indigenous women may register now. Willis College in the St.Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa (theatre entrance).

Register Here

Facilitator Application

Indigenous Arts Marketplace

Don't miss this opportunity to meet dozens of Indigenous women at this monumental marketplace. St.Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa (theatre entrance).

All are welcome!

Vendor Application (2020 conference full)

Please register on our free directory at

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.

Reception Feast

March 27th | 5pm - 7pm

Limited seating. Tickets $75 Canadian Must have tickets. Order here.

Indigenous Women's Arts Conference opening ceremony with Algonquin Elder, Claudette Commanda and Haudenosaunee Ohen:ton Karihwatehkwen with Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) Elder, Theresa Cook Dearhouse.

Feast - 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

Limited seating. Must have ticket.
Order here.

Indigenous Performers:

Theresa Bear Fox and the Haudenosaunee Women's Singers, Twin Flames, Fancy Shawl Dancers and Inuit Throat Singer, Tracy Sarazin.

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 for info.




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 20 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.

Indigenous Arts Marketplace

March 28 & 29, | 9am-4pm

Everyone is welcome to shop! Dozens of Indigenous women artists will be selling their hand made products.

Artists include: Millside Ceramics, The Beading Drum, Wick It, Tealey Products, Migwan's Wigwam, Jill Simser Beadwork and more!

Vendors space full. For waiting list, please 'Make Your Own Page' on our website:

All vendors are First Nations, Métis or Inuit. All products are 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.

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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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We'd like your feedback.

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