Indigenous Arts Conference


Indigenous Women's Art Conference 2020

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

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. •

Registration for workshops will open March 2020.

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.

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

March 27, 2020

Archive Tour & Opening Ceremony

By  invitation only, limited spaces.

1-4pm | Tour of Archives: 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.


5-7pm | Museum of History Great Hall

By  invitation only, limited seating.

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



7-10pm | Museum of History Great Hall

Tickets will be available March 2020.

Indigenous Performers: Theresa Bear Fox and the Haudenosaunee Women's Singers, Twin Flames, Fancy Shawl Dance led by Mi'maq traditionalist Cassondra Barnaby of Listuguj First Nation in Québec.

March 27-28, 2020

Indigenous Women's Arts Conference

Indigenous Arts Conference, Willis College, Aboriginal Arts Collective of Canada, vendors, porcupine quilling workshopWorkshop registration available March 2020.

Dozens of traditional Indigenous workshops will be available to pre-registered participants including, but not limited to:

  • basketry
  • bullrush weaving
  • ribbon skirt teachings
  • birch bark biting
  • drum making
  • moccasin making
  • porcupine quilling
  • Inuit printmaking
  • traditional tattooing
  • Haudenosaunne puzzle pouches
  • feather beading
  • fur tufting

March 27-28, 2020

Indigenous Arts Marketplace

Indigenous Arts Conference, Willis College, Aboriginal Arts Collective of Canada, vendors, millside ceramicsOpen, public event Saturday & Sunday, 9am-5pm

Dozens of traditional Indigenous arts will be on display, art demonstrations and vendors. Artist participation includes but is not limited to:


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

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.