Canadian and Indigenous Art

Experience art in Canada like never before. 

Opened to critical acclaim in June of 2017, the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries present a new way to view the cultural riches of this land.

In these transformed Galleries, the parallel and, at times, interrelated stories of Canadian and Indigenous art in Canada are brought together in one unforgettable display of masterpieces. Almost 800 paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, silver, and decorative art objects from across Canada are on view, dating from 5,000 years ago to 1967.

Visitors can rediscover iconic artworks from the national collection – many of which have been recently restored – or find a new favourite among the objects featured here for the first time. There are 225 additional works to see in the reconfigured Galleries, including recent acquisitions by artists such as A.Y. Jackson, Lawren S. Harris, George T. Berthon, Ruben Komangapik, Tim Pitsiulak, and Emily Carr, among others. Also on view is an impressive selection of objects on temporary loan: among them, close to 100 stunning works by Indigenous artists.

With more open spaces, bold wall colours and airy display cases, the transformed Canadian and Indigenous Galleries are inviting and inspiring. Plan your visit today.


Canadian and Indigenous Art


National Gallery of Canada
Canadian and Indigenous Galleries
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

Gallery Highlights

The new Canadian and Indigenous Galleries are located in rooms A101 to A116.

Three caribou hides were used to make this Ceremonial Coat by an unknown Naskapi artist (c. 1840). The designs were applied using tools made of bone and antler. The thread, glass beads, wool and synthetic paints were obtained from European traders.
The Croscup Room, as it is now known, was the main room of a house in Karsdale, Nova Scotia. Somewhere around 1846–1848, its walls were painted by an unidentified artist for shipbuilder William Croscup and his family.
This gallery features a monographic presentation on Emily Carr. Nearby, a display of footwear on loan from the Bata Shoe Museum highlights the skilled beadwork of Indigenous women artists, including Dogrib artist Margaret Football, Joan Elise Tsetso of the Fort Simpson Band, and Joyce Growing Thunder Fogarty of the Assiniboine Sioux.
Designed by diocesan architect Canon Georges Bouillon in 1887, this heritage treasure was fully reconstructed inside the National Gallery of Canada in 1988. The brilliant sound sculpture you hear is Forty-Part Motet, a 2001 work by artist Janet Cardiff.


Did you know?

The Gallery has put women artists at the centre of several displays in the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Discover a few fast facts in these short videos. 

Joyce Wieland


Jessie Oonark


Prudence Heward


In the News

"What a revelation to see the Woodlands School, represented by Norval Morrisseau’s Artist and Shaman Between Two Worlds, hung alongside the work of London, Ont., artists Jack Chambers and Greg Curnoe, including Curnoe’s colourful View of Victoria Hospital, Second Series."

The Globe and Mail

"…the exhibition is, like the nation itself, too vast and diverse to be grasped in one visit, for this history is written by many authors in multiple languages, and the story it tells is grand and sweeping."


Art in Canada

An essay by Marc Mayer. Now available free online.