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posted by: Best Western Plus Ottawa City Centre on: June 01, 2021

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Indigenous History Month takes place in June each year. And while more than one month deserves to be dedicated to the Indigenous peoples of Canada, June serves as a good jumping off point to further your education.

 

Thankfully, Ottawa is home to several different museums, experiences, and monuments that honour and celebrate the rich history of Indigenous peoples who have lived on this land for thousands of years. Consider visiting any one of the sites below in order to learn more about Indigenous peoples and their past and present relationship with the country we call Canada.  

 

Canadian Museum of History

Begin your educational journey by visiting the Canadian Museum of History located just across the Ottawa River in Gatineau. This museum’s Grand Hall houses the largest collection of totem poles in the country. It also features Morning Star, a famous painting by one of Canada’s greatest indigenous artists, Alex Janvier. Further, the Canadian Museum of History has a First Peoples Hall, showcasing artifacts that provide insight into Canada’s vast tapestry of First Nations, Indigenous, and Inuit cultures. 

 

Indigenous Walks

If you’d prefer to learn about Indigenous culture in a more interactive setting, consider booking a tour with Indigenous Walks. Run by Jaime Koebel, an Apeetagosan/Nehiyaw (Métis/Cree) woman who resides in Ottawa, Indigenous Walks is a walking tour founded by Koebel in 2014. On her tours, she discusses Ottawa’s art, culture, history, and land from an Indigenous perspective. Tours have different themes, such as the Indiegnous Women Tour.

 

National Aboriginal Veterans Monument

Finally, when you’re next in Ottawa, we recommend paying a visit to the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument. It is located in Confederation Park and it honours the lives, sacrifices, and contributions of Indigenous Canadians in war and peacekeeping operations around the world. You may never have learned that over 7,000 First Nations served in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. This number is even greater when you take into account the Indigenous and Inuit men and women who served.

 

In honour of National Indigenous History Month, do your part and learn about the Indigenous peoples of Canada, including the traumas that they have endured at the hands of the Canadian government. It’s important to be aware of all aspects of Canadian history, the good and the bad. 

 

If you’re heading to Ottawa this month, be sure to visit or take part in the events and sites listed above. And if you need a place to stay during your trip, we’d love to host you at the Best Western Plus Ottawa City Centre.

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