One of the best travel tips ever is "trust the locals" because they always know how to get the most authentic experience no matter where you are! Indigenous Peoples are the locals in Canada so it makes sense to ask them for tips and insight about our country. There are a ton of unique Canadian Indigenous cultural experiences you can try as part of celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Month this June.
Narcity spoke with Anishinaabekwe artist and activist Sarain Fox to find out about the best ways to get involved with Indigenous culture this summer and beyond. "Indigenous experiences provide that true Canadian immersive experience," said Fox. "People would be surprised to know that there’s always a place for everybody inside Indigenous culture and there’s always a way to get involved!" Here are 6 ways you can experience Indigenous culture this summer:
Follow The Pow Wow Trail In New Brunswick
Address: Various locations around the province
Why you need to go: Did you know that the Pow Wow actually developed out of the relationship between indigenous communities and settlers? Follow the Pow Wow Trail and join a new inclusive party every week. Don't forget to grab an Indian taco and a strawberry drink!
Visit The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, BC
Price: Admission $18.00
Address: 4584 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC Canada V8E 0Y3
Why you need to go: Be welcomed by drums and singing, take a guided forest walk, participate in weaving demos and so much more at this gorgeous cultural centre. Plus, their restaurant serves up incredible Indigenous-inspired eats!
See Traditional Arctic Footwear At The Bata Shoe Museum In Toronto, Ontario
Price: Admission $14
Address: Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W7
Why you need to go: More than just shoes, these pieces show cultural identities, crafting techniques and the spiritual meaning behind the indigenous arctic footwear! Plus, there are hands-on workshops starting at the beginning of September where you can learn the art of making your own mukluks and moccasins.
Eat Anishnawbe Food At NishDish In Toronto, Ontario
Address: 690 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6G1L2
Why you need to go: This casual spot in Toronto is great for grabbing a bite with friends and trying some authentically Canadian cuisine!
Wanuskewin Heritage Park In Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Price: Admission $10
Address: RR #4 Penner Road, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7K 3J7
Why you need to go: This site has over 6000 years of history and significance to local Indigenous peoples. You can go on medicine walks, see art and dance performances and fill up on bison stew.
Get Your Bannock Fix At Salmon n' Bannock Bistro In Vancouver, BC
Cuisine: First Nations
Address: 1128 W Broadway #7, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G5
Why you need to go: This hidden gem on Broadway is an easy way to immerse yourself in Indigenous culture right in the centre of the city! Plus, they have gluten-free Bannock and it's the most Vancouver thing ever.