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National Indigenous History Month

In-person and online activities

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National Indigenous History Month

Throughout June, learn more about the histories and cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

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Throughout June, learn more about the histories and cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples with in-person and online activities for all ages and interests. Join us for amazing performances and engaging family activities at the Museum and online.

The Jim Neilson Collection

The Canadian Museum of History is proud to announce an important acquisition documenting the exceptional hockey career of Jim Neilson (1941–2020, Nehiyaw/Cree). The Jim Neilson Collection includes approximately 30 archival items and three objects documenting his hockey career from elementary school to the National Hockey League (NHL).

Generously donated to the Museum by Neilson’s three children — Dana, Darcy and David — following his death in 2020, this collection reflects the unparalleled achievement of this hockey player in an era where there were only six NHL teams and very few Indigenous players in the league.

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Twin Flames

Musical duo Twin Flames — composed of Chelsey June and Jaaji — recently performed their song Human in the Museum’s Grand Hall. The Ottawa-based group wrote, performed and recorded the song at the request of UNESCO in 2019, as part of the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages, in an effort to raise awareness to the rapid decline of Indigenous languages around the world.

Translated into 600 different languages, Human has earned Twin Flames several music awards including Best Music Video Concept at the 2019 Native American Music Awards.

We invite you to check out the song Human by Twin Flames in the video below!

To hear more from Twin Flames and follow them visit twinflamesmusic.com.


At the Museum

Family Workshop – Hide Pouches

Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2022
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (while supplies last)
Canadian History Hall Lobby

Makatew, a local Indigenous company, offers hands-on instruction on how to make hide pouches as you lace together your own. Use locally sourced white-tail deer leather and synthetic sinew to create your own hide pouch to take home. Hear more about the use of these hide pouches in certain Algonquin traditions. Connect past practices to contemporary Indigenous culture.

Drop-in, while supplies last. All activities are offered in English and French and are included with Museum admission.

 

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Live Performance: Silla and Rise

Sunday, June 19, 2022
2 p.m.
Grand Hall

Experience the sounds, beats and blends of Inuit throat singing with Silla and Rise.

Join us for a special live performance from Juno-nominated Silla and Rise in the Museum’s beautiful Grand Hall. Inuit throat singing group Silla (Charlotte Qamaniq, Cynthia Pitsiulak and Charlotte Carleton) joins producer/percussionist Rise Ashen to bring you their modern sounds of katajjaq, where traditional throat singing meets global dance music.

 

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Live Performances: Indigenous Experiences

Saturday, June 18, 2022
Throat Singers: 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Pow-Wow Style Dances: 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
Grand Hall

Sunday, June 19, 2022
Throat Singers: 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1 p.m.
Pow-Wow Style Dances: 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
Grand Hall

Experience the excitement of song, drum and dance with live Indigenous performances in the Museum’s beautiful Grand Hall. Join us for a special weekend at the Museum where performers from Indigenous Experiences will bring you and your family closer to the cultural practices of Inuit throat-singing and pow-wow drum and dance, including hoop dancing. Indigenous Experiences specializes in the production of immersive activities and performances that reflect and respect Indigenous wisdom and diversity.

All activities are offered in English and French and are included with Museum admission.

 

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Self-Guided Family Activities

Drop by the Information desk, located in the Main Lobby at the Museum, and pick up one or more of these free handouts.

The Grand Hall… For Kids

Learn about the cultures, stories and peoples of Canada’s Northwest Coast while exploring the Grand Hall.

Outdoor Architecture Hunt

Take a walk around the Museum grounds and discover the fascinating symbolism of its architecture. Learn more about the inspiration that architect Douglas Cardinal drew from the Canadian landscape.

Outdoor Museum Quest

Go on an outdoor family adventure using the Museum Quest handout as your guide. Explore the Museum grounds and the surrounding environment to learn more about Indigenous art.

 

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Exhibitions

See the diversity, creativity and resourcefulness of Indigenous cultures through archaeological discoveries, stories, art, images and thousands of historical and contemporary cultural materials on display.

See the special display created by the interns in the Museum’s 2019 Indigenous Internship Program. It presents their own perspectives about Indigenous peoples’ relationships with modernity and tradition.

 

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CINÉ+

The Seven Sacred Laws

This colourful and imaginative animated film is presented throughout the month of June. Follow a young boy on an Indigenous rite of passage: a vision quest. Through his spiritual journey, he meets seven animals, each revealing a foundational value of Indigenous culture: Buffalo tells him how the essence of respect is the act of giving. Eagle, how to always act in love. Bear encourages him to listen to his heart, while Sabe (Bigfoot) to speak from it. Beaver teaches him to create a more peaceful world, and Wolf to be thankful. Finally, Turtle says that to live the Seven Teachings is to live in truth.

Using music and beautiful animation, The Seven Sacred Laws leaves audiences enlightened and more knowledgeable about Indigenous foundational values and beliefs. The film is presented in English, French and Anishinaabemowin.

Written by the late Anishinaabe Elder and Honorary Doctor of Laws, David Courchene, The Seven Sacred was directed by Indigenous filmmaker Erica Daniels of Peguis First Nation, and created by Manitoba’s Peg City Pictures Inc. It was created in partnership with The Turtle Lodge International Centre for Indigenous Education and Wellness in Sagkeeng First Nation and IG Wealth Management.

Teepee Time

Teepee Time is an engaging animated preschool series following a curious little tipi as he explores the world around him. For Teepee, every experience involves learning something new, with lots of fun and adventure along the way!

Teepee Plays the Drum and Teepee Learns to Dance will be presented at CINÉ+ in June, in both English and French.

Teepee Time episodes are generously provided to the Canadian Museum of History by JerryCo Animation.

JerryCo Animation is North America’s first Indigenous-owned and operated animation studio. Since 2002 they have written, directed and produced nearly 300 episodes of Indigenous language television, 150 Indigenous songs and have recently completed their first animated feature, Sedna, Empress of the Sea.

 

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Online

Exhibitions

Our new virtual tour gives you the ultimate access to Canada’s national museum of human history. A unique virtual experience featuring Museum experts. Explore the Museum’s exhibitions, including favourites such as the Grand Hall, the First Peoples Hall, and the Canadian History Hall.

 

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Activities

 

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Explore

Listen to an inspiring conversation with multidisciplinary Métis artist Jaime Black on the renowned REDress Project and other works exploring memory, identity, place and resistance.

 

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Teachers’ Zone

Browse this themed package drawing on Haida works housed at the Canadian Museum of History and learn more on design elements and innovative techniques used by Haida carvers, painters and weavers.

 

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