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Feb 9, 2022

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A picture, as the saying goes, is worth a thousand words. And when it comes to telling the story of Canada's Indigenous Peoples, there's no better way to understand than to visit the country's best collections of First Nations, Inuit and Métis art.

From west to east, we've rounded up five galleries and exhibitions where you can explore our country’s rich Indigenous culture.

Keep in mind that museums are subject to local public health regulations. So before you go, check to make sure the collections you plan to visit are open to the public.

Museum of Anthropology (MOA)

This Vancouver collection at the University of British Columbia features a number of exhibits, with a special emphasis on B.C. First Nations art and culture.

The “In a Different Light” exhibition celebrates immersive storytelling and innovative design through more than 110 historically significant artworks.


Adjacent to the Winnipeg Art Gallery is Qaumajuq, the world’s largest public museum collection dedicated to Inuit art.

Open since March 2021, Qaumajuq is the collective vision of a group of artists, Indigenous advisors, partners and stakeholders. See nearly 14,000 pieces of Inuit art, each with its own tale to tell.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Also in Winnipeg is the world’s first museum dedicated to human rights.

The facility’s permanent exhibitions include “Truth and Reconciliation,” an inspiring collection that explores the tragic and lasting legacy of Canada’s residential school system.

National Gallery of Canada

A visit to Ottawa is incomplete without taking in this vast series of 20th century Indigenous art, with works from 1980 to present day.

Examine pieces from well-known artists such as Carl Beam, Faye HeavyShield and sculptor Charlie Sivuarapik, among many others.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Welcoming more than one million visitors each year, this museum features extensive Inuit and First Nations art collections.

Take a guided tour to get the most from your visit or pick up an audio guide, which covers 75 key works in the collection.

Make a plan

Before you head out for your next artistic adventure, speak to a CAA Travel Consultant about your travel options, as well as travel insurance options for complete coverage including medical and trip cancellation.

Image credit: JP Media Works/Travel Manitoba

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