Indigenous Women's Arts Conference 2022

October 14-16th, 2022 | Canadian Museum of History | Willis College, St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa

In taking inspiration from the Haudenosaunee Seventh Generation Principle, this Indigenous women's gathering will serve to preserve and revitalize endangered Indigenous art forms and enrich lives through Indigenous arts and culture. 


This conference [re]connects and empowers Indigenous women by promoting the transfer and conservation of cultural knowledge; securing the capacity for the next seven generations to retain and cultivate intrinsic cultural connections.

October 14-16th 2022

We are very excited to announce that we have rescheduled our Indigenous Women's Gathering!

We will announce when registration will open soon so stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram news feeds.

We're so excited to see you again!

Tansi! Tawnshi! Tawow! Shé:kon! Annii! Boozhoo! Kwey Kwey! ᐊᐃ

The IACC is proud to work on this monumental project with partners, friends, artists and community members.

The mandate of the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada is to support Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers in the safe transfer of arts and culture.

Over time, the extensive damage to our Indigenous communities and families has interrupted the transmission of valuable knowledge and resulted in generations of Indigenous people that seek to [re]learn our original ways of being. This knowledge is what the IACC strives to  [re]capture through programming and gatherings such as the Indigenous Women's Arts Conference.

We must be gentle with our Elders; they are our last connection to Indigenous ways of knowing.


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This conference presents dozens of Indigenous arts and culture workshops and reaches out specifically to elevate home based artists, Elders, urban and on reserve Indigenous mothers, daughters, aunties and sisters.

We believe that the knowledge lives in the homes and hearts of these women and by enabling them spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally and financially, we are not only empowering each other to establish important contributions but we are cultivating, protecting and conserving the ways of our grandmothers and ancestors.

This women's gathering and all those to come are traditional, community based activities that will advance and regenerate both ancient and contemporary creation of Indigenous arts while assuring that our spirituality accompanies each piece we create.


Free Workshops for Indigenous Women

There will be over 2 dozen free workshops for Indigenous women including:

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Women's Ribbon Skirt Sharing Circle

The Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada is happy to announce the IACC Ribbon Skirt Sharing Circle event!

Donate, exchange, or take one for FREE!

How it works: Conference registered Indigenous women can stop by our Ribbon Skirt Sharing Circle at Willis College, St. Laurent Shopping centre October 15th to 16th to collect a FREE skirt or exchange yours for FREE!

Please donate your idle ribbon skirts to Indigenous women who need them. Can’t attend and want to donate? No problem! Mail your skirt donations to:

Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada,
C/O Dymon Storage
323 Coventry Road,
Unit #M137
Ottawa, ON K1K3X6

Miigwetch, nia:wen, mérci and thank you for helping us empower Indigenous women, one skirt at a time!

Discover Your Cultural Property in the Museum Archives

In partnership with the Canadian Museum of History, we will have access to the archives where thousands of our grandmothers', grandfathers' and ancestor's work is stored.

Discover ancient beadwork, basketry, sacred items, artifacts, regalia and more - all belonging to us and kept by the institution.


Indigenous Women's Ceremony and Feast

We will gather in ceremony and eat together in the Great Hall of the Canadian Museum of History.

Led by Kanien'kaháka, Wolf Clan, Jonel Beauvais we will enjoy an evening of local performers including throat singers, dancers and vocalists.

With our funding, the IACC chooses to include as many Indigenous women as possible. We will not have famous headliners at this event, we will have real, talented women from our own communities - we will uplift and value all the gifts that we carry in our very own communities.



October 14 & 15, 2022 | Canadian Museum of History.

Archive Tours

Identifying, Reclaiming and Revitalizing Indigenous Arts and Culture.

The collections, which take up 4 kilometers of shelf space, date from the 1860s to the present and consist of Indigenous archaeological specimens, sacred items, artifacts including basketry, regalia, beaded items, musical transcriptions and more.

Participants will tour and identify works created in Indigenous communities across the Turtle Island.

Reception & Feast

October 15, 2022,

Great Hall, Canadian Museum of History, 6-10pm. Indigenous Women's Arts Conference Women's Honour Ceremony.

Hosted by Kanien'kehá:ka (Wolf Clan) Matriarch Jonel Beauvais.

Full Buffet

This is an alcohol free event.


Theresa Bear Fox and the Haudenosaunee Women's Singers, Throat Singers Nina Segalowitz and Taqralik Partridge, Hoop Dancer Faryn King, singer Mikayla Francis, Lyon's Sisters Métis Dance Troupe and more!

Eagle Feather ceremony for Indigenous survivors of Indian residential schools, sixties scoop and Mothers and Grandmothers who are surviving their child's suicide. We honour the strength and love that these women carry.

October 15th, Great Hall, Canadian Museum of History




Registration will open soon!

October 15-16th, 2022 | St.Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa

Traditional Arts Workshops

Willis College, St.Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa

Registration will open soon.

Over 20 workshops including: black ash basketry, ribbon skirts, drums, painting, porcupine quilling, caribou tufting, beaded feathers, moccasins and more.

Registration: Workshop registration is free for women who cannot afford to contribute financially. If you are able to pay for your workshop, your donation will sponsor a woman who cannot pay.

Indigenous Arts Marketplace

Everyone is welcome to shop! Dozens of Indigenous women artists will be selling their hand made products.

Artists include: Millside Ceramics, The Beading Drum, Wick It, Tealey Products, Migwan's Wigwam, Jill Simser Beadwork and more!

Vendors space for IACC members. To apply for IACC Membership:  Artist Free Membership Application - Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada

All vendors are First Nations, Métis or Inuit. All products are hand made. No medicines or sacred items can be sold.

IWAC Venue Details

October 14 & 15 • Canadian Museum of History

October 15 & 16 • Willis College • St.Laurent Shopping Centre

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Host Hotel Details • Holiday Inn Ottawa East

IWAC Official Hotel is Holiday Inn Ottawa East
1199 Joseph Cyr Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Register for: Indigenous Women’s Conference Block for October 13-16
800-387-9779 Or 613-744-1060

Indigenous Women's Arts Conference rate is:

$139 + TAXES = $167.28 (Breakfast is included)

(Taxes are: HST ($18.07), MAT + HST ($6.28), Sust. Levy + HST ($3.93)

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Indigenous Marketplace in the St.Laurent Mall

Our Indigenous Arts Marketplace offered over 30 vendors free prime retail space within the St.Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa. Vendors reported exceptional sales and a welcoming environment. Shoppers expressed their happiness at having hand made products in the mall and their spending reflected that. All have committed to returning for next year's conference.


IAC Traditional Indigenous Art Market @ St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Ottawa

Indigenous Women's Arts Conference 2022 is sponsored in part by:

Cancellation Announcement: March 2020
In order to keep each other safe, our IACC Board of Directors canceled our in person women's gathering.
We have many Elders that attend our gathering and we take that very seriously. The safety of our Elders is top priority. We also have many people traveling to our gathering from across Turtle Island and we did not want to contribute to the spread of the virus.
Deadline for refunds December 31, 2021. If you have registered for this conference and paid, contact us immediately at
Take care of each other. Stay in, stay safe, take care of your Elders.
From your IACC board of directors: Lindsey, Dawn and Jenny.