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Aboriginal Arts Collective of Canada

Indigenous Artists For Indigenous Artists

In the name of reconciliation and cultural equality, Aboriginal Arts Collective of Canada protects endangered Indigenous art forms and artists, employs Indigenous artists and empowers the next generation of artistic leaders.

The AACC is a Canada not-for-profit corporation. We are artists FOR artists. We are a volunteer organization.

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2019 Indigenous Arts Conference, Willis College, St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa | March 30th & 31st 2019

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Indigenous Women’s Conference | CBC NEWS

“Our transfer of Indigenous knowledge has been purposefully derailed,” said Dawn Setford, the lead organizer of the Indigenous Art Conference at the Willis College in St. Laurent Shopping Centre. “There’s so many of us out there who haven’t had a chance to learn from our elders and our community.” | CBC NEWS | https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/indigenous-art-conference-women-traditions-ottawa-1.5078683

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Canadian Press | Funding AACC Arts Conference

The Aboriginal Arts Collective of Canada received $25,000 from the fund and president Dawn Setford said she used the money to hold a long-planned conference to teach about 200 Indigenous women various artistic and cultural practices such as porcupine quilling and basketry. | NATIONAL POST | CANADIAN PRESS Those types of traditional teachings were lost […]

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Indigenous Conference 2019 | CAPITAL CURRENT

An expo on Indigenous art brought a flock of people to the St. Laurent Shopping Centre recently. The Indigenous Art & Entrepreneurship Conference provided a space for First Nations business people to teach and support one another. The art marketplace, as well as all-day workshops on business and art for Indigenous women, attracted a diverse crowd. […]

The Aboriginal Arts Collective of Canada presented the Indigenous Arts Conference at Willis College in March 2019 and offered over a dozen free traditional Indigenous art workshops to Indigenous women. Workshops included birch bark bitings, beading, moccasins, porcupine quilling, caribou tufting, Inuit lino cuts, ribbon skirts and so many more. Here's a short video that gives only an idea of how monumentally connecting this amazing conference was!

Pass The Feather

Pass The FeatherIsohetst ne ostó:sera is First Nations owned and operated from the Algonquin/ Mississauga territory of eastern Ontario. PTF is grateful to live and work on this land and offers thanks to the original nations that walked here.

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Deron Ahsén:nase Douglas | Painting

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Deron Ahsén:nase Douglas is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) artist/author with roots in the Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory.

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Mark Neal | Painter

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Artist Mark Neal Painter Realism true life beauty on canvas. Born March 24th 1981 in […]

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Twists and Turns

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Homespun Naturals by Tanya Hello, my name is ISHPIGOBOWEK-Tanya Keech. I currently live in Chapleau, […]

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Tips for Social Media Sales. Sizing your photos and posts, linking and Google ratings. For […]

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Product Photography for On Line Sales | Tips!  Product photography should be number one on […]

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Eric C. Keast

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Eric C. Keast is a painter, sculptor and makes beadwork jewelry. Eric is an Ojibway […]

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The Turtle Feather

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Kelly Henhawk  of The Turtle Feather, is Mohawk and her territory is Six Nations of the Grand […]

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Wetsuweten Native Arts | Charrine Naziel-Lace

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Charrine Naziel-Lace is a Northwest Coast Indian Arts and Crafts Professional, Carver, Illustrator

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Tracey M. Barnaby | Painter

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Greetings! My name is Tracey Metallic. I am a Mi’gmaq artist from Listuguj Qc. Arts […]


In a circle, we are all equal; no one is in front of you, no one is behind you, no one is above you, no one is below you.







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photo: AACC Classroom Art and Knowledge Exchange Program 2016.

Pass The Feather wraps any feathers to create smudge fans and arranges feathers to make Indigenous art and ceremonial pieces. Pass The Feather does not sell Eagle feathers or feathers that are protected under the Migratory Bird Act.

Know your medicines. For the cost of labour and materials such as leather and beads, we share our feathers with those who understand their medicines and wish to use them to connect with Creator.

Art is Healing | Donnell Taylor

Donnell Taylor is a friend of many - he is also a friend of the AACC and Pass The Feather.

Indigenous people have overcome great odds and Donnell is proof that we are resilient, strong and essential to the identity of Turtle Island / North America. We are proud to introduce you to him via this documentary. Thank you for sharing, Donnell. 

You can find Donnell and more of his work on our website, you can order his work through Pass The Feather or you can meet him in person on Elgin Street in Ottawa.

The Ontario Heritage Trust is calling for applications to the 2020 Doris McCarthy

Artist-in-Residence program. The application deadline is September 30.

About the program:

This residency program is open to professional artists from across Canada who are practising a wide array of disciplines. Located at Fool’s Paradise, McCarthy’s former home on the Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto, the site provides accommodation and studio space in a serene and picturesque setting where artists can concentrate on their creative work. Residencies are available throughout 2020, with terms ranging from one to three months.

The program is supported generously by the RBC Foundation.

How to apply:

See our online application form, and check out our website for further information on the residency.

For more information, contact Madison Hamilton at 416 314-4907 or email madison.hamilton@heritagetrust.on.ca for more information.