Indigenous arts, culture and heritage

The Government of Canada works with Indigenous partners to help celebrate, raise awareness of and preserve Indigenous arts, culture and heritage.

Services and information

Indigenous arts

Find out more about INAC's extensive Indigenous art collection, Art Lending Program and artist directory.


Learn how the Government of Canada is working to advance reconciliation and renew the relationship with Indigenous peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

About National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day, formally known as National Aboriginal Day, is an occasion for all Canadians to celebrate the rich contributions Indigenous people have made to Canada. Find resources and suggested events to help you celebrate this special day.

Indigenous history in Canada

Learn about the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, Indigenous contributions to the War of 1812, the First Canadian Arctic Expedition and more.


Search our database for reports, publications, videos and other resources about Indigenous arts, culture and heritage.

Project Naming

Share your knowledge! Most of the First Nation, Métis and Inuit individuals depicted in these photo collections were never named. Help identify them, enrich Canada's historical records and connect community members with their past.

National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month. Learn more about the contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada.

Louis Riel Day

On November 16, reflect on Louis Riel, and his important role for the advocacy of the Métis Nation and his help in building the Canada we know today.

Understanding the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 marks National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Learn more about how to honour the lost children, Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.

Begin your learning journey

Explore more about the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.

Commemorative date promotional resources

Free educational and promotional resources for children and adults.

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