Aboriginal arts, culture & heritage

Learn about the Aboriginal arts, culture and heritage that are woven into the fabric of our country. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) works with Aboriginal partners to help celebrate, raise awareness of, and preserve Aboriginal arts, culture and heritage. As well, INAC supports Aboriginal people (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and Northerners in their efforts to: improve social well-being and economic prosperity; develop healthier, more sustainable communities and participate more fully in Canada's political, social and economic development — to the benefit of all Canadians.

Aboriginal arts

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


Renewing a nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the Government of Canada is based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

National Aboriginal Day

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

Aboriginal history in Canada

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

Success stories

From Manitobah Mukluks to Rock Festivals and Cultural Centres, learn about community-driven efforts to improve the lives of Aboriginal and northern peoples and communities.

Kids' Stop

A fun zone for kids loaded with information about Aboriginal history, culture and languages, games and stories and classroom resources for teachers.


Search our database for reports, publications, videos and other resources about Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal History Month

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

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