Once-known Métis Artist, Sash (detail), c. 1800–50. Wool.

Once-known Métis Artist, Sash (detail), c. 1800–50. Wool, 304 × 17.8 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 1939 (no. 9631). Photo: NGC

National Indigenous History Month

Thursday, June 1, 2023 Friday, June 30, 2023
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

June is National Indigenous History Month, a time to honour the unique heritage, cultures, and traditions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples across this land and learn more about Indigenous communities and their contributions to society.

With the creation of the department of Indigenous Ways and Decolonization in 2022, we continue to reinforce our commitments to Indigenous Nations and peoples by building ongoing relationships with Indigenous partners and colleagues across the organization and across the communities we serve, while we champion and move forward through our shared journey of decolonization and inclusivity in all we do.

This month is an opportunity for Canadians to participate in activities to engage with, and broaden their understanding of, Indigenous peoples’ distinct histories, traditions, spiritualities, languages, and arts. Here’s how you can participate in events and programming this month at the NGC:

June 1 – Free Thursday Nights: Jon Deck
June 3 – Beading Demonstrations: Karen Fleming
June 8 – Concert Series: Cris Derksen
June 15 – Free Thursday Nights: Jon Deck
June 17 – Beading Demonstrations: Karen Fleming
June 22 – Free Thursday Nights: Jon Deck

Movement: Expressive Bodies in Art
Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment

Judy Anderson: Honouring Indigenous Young People and Family
Ancestors' stories and Acts of Making

Included with Gallery admission
Drop-in activity. No registration needed


National Gallery of Canada’s official statement for National Indigenous History Month


Thursday, June 1, 2023, 10:00 am Friday, June 30, 2023, 5:00 pm
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