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Aboriginal Culture

Aboriginal Culture

British Columbia is a vast, beautiful landscape that has known the footsteps of Aboriginal people from time immemorial. The Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC offers many ways to discover Aboriginal culture throughout British Columbia. See Canadian First Nation artists carving a totem pole, explore traditional lands and waters with an Aboriginal guide, or enjoy and experience Aboriginal dance and music performances and many Aboriginal Pow Wows & festivals throughout the year.

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Aboriginal Tourism BC


Vancouver BC
www.aboriginalbc.com

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The First Nations of British Columbia, Canada welcome you! British Columbia has known the footsteps of Aboriginal people from time immemorial. We are the indigenous peoples of this land whose traditions and culture remain strong, rich and diverse and whose life has been shaped by the land, oceans, climate and creatures within.

Our land is British Columbia. A vast beautiful landscape that is as diverse as its people. From the rocky shoreline carved by the ocean to the peaks of the highest mountains and the beautiful plains of the interiorthis is our home.

Here in BC you can watch native artists carve a totem pole, explore our traditional lands and waters with an Aboriginal guide, experience a traditional First Nations healing and purification lodge with a native elder, view exquisite Pacific Northwest native art in art galleries, cultural centers and museums, sample traditional foods and award-winning wines, relax in native-owned resorts, campgrounds, log cabins and bed & breakfast inns and even enjoy a round of golf on a native-owned championship golf course!

The Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (ATBC) and its members invite you to travel to British Columbia this year to experience our rich First Nations culture, traditions and warm hospitality.

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

Cathedral Place Courtyard, 639 Hornby St
Vancouver (Downtown) BC V6C 2G3
604.682.3455
www.billreidgallery.ca

Wednesday to Sunday, 11:00am to 5:00pm

Downtown Vancouver’s public gallery named after the acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid (1920 — 1998). The Gallery showcases the permanent collection of Bill Reid and changing exhibitions of contemporary Northwest Coast art.

Permanent Collection of Bill Reid’s work
- Stunning gold and silver jewelry
- Monumental sculptures
- Towering totem pole carved by James Hart in tribute to Bill Reid
Gallery Gift Shop
A selection of original works and prints by local Northwest Coast artists, distinctive jewelry, accessories, books, cards and more.

The CRS Trading Post


Britannia Beach BC
604.896.0001
Fax 604.896.0009
www.thecrstradingpost.com

The CRS Trading Post is located on Hwy. 99 in historic Britannia Beach. Featuring carvings by local Coast Salish natives (Squamish Nation), silver and gold handcrafted jewellery and original works of art by world renowned artists Ice Bear, Ken Skoda.

Open Daily.

Culture Shock Interactive Gallery

010A Front Street
PO Box 471 Alert Bay BC V0N 1A0
1 250 974 2484

www.cultureshockgallery.ca

Culture Shock Interactive Gallery in Alert Bay, B.C. is a unique experience designed to offer friendly access to the indigenous NAMGIS arts and culture. At this waterfront location, you can shop for one of a kind, locally made art, jewellery and clothing, watch award winning films about our culture while enjoying the best coffee in the island or take in the beautiful views on our cedar patio. Listen to storytelling by Ada (Grandmother), weave with Donna or enjoy a summer salmon barbecue. Always friendly and never boring, Culture Shock Interactive Gallery welcomes you to explore NAGMIS traditional arts and culture.

Haida House at Tllaal

2087 Beitush Road
Tlell BC V0T 1Y0
Toll Free 1-855-557-4600

www.haidahouse.com

The Haida House is the premier lodging experience on Haida Gwaii. Located on the Tlell River halfway between Masset and Skidegate, this is the ideal base from which to discover the mystical beauty of the Islands and the rich culture of the Haida People. Easy beach access; 10 guestrooms; dining room, bar and patio; guest den, complimentary Wi-Fi, all-inclusive cultural & adventure tour packages, conference room, 100% Haida-owned. Winner of the 2014 National Aboriginal Tourism Award.

Khot-La-Cha Art Gallery & Gift Shop

270 Whonoak Street
North Vancouver BC V7P 1P3
604.987.3339

www.khot-la-cha.com

Mon to Sat, 10am-5pm

Khot-La-Cha features authentic Northwest artwork created by BC's finest native artists. Hand-carved cedar totem poles and plaques, unique feasting bowls, rattles and hand-tanned moccasins, exquisite hand-carved sterling silver and 14k gold jewellery. Visit our "Long House" Art Gallery and Gift Shop located on the Reserve, minutes away from the Lions Gate Bridge.

Klahowya Village in Stanley Park

Pipeline Road, Stanley Park
Vancouver BC V6G 1Z4
604-921-1070

www.aboriginalbc.com/klahowya-village/

The word “Klahowya” means welcome, and each summer Aboriginal people from across British Columbia come together to build Klahowya Village in Stanley Park to welcome visitors from around the world, and share authentic Aboriginal experiences, traditions and culture. Set in the heart of Vancouver’s beautiful Stanley Park, Klahowya Village immerses visitors in British Columbia’s fascinating and thriving Aboriginal cultures. Travel through the forest on the Spirit Catcher miniature train, watch cultural performances, shop the Artisan Marketplace, and much more.

Nisga'a Museum/Hli Goothl Wilp Adokshl Nisga'a

810 Highway Drive, PO Box 300, Laxgalts'ap
New Aiyansh BC VOJ 1X0
250-633-3050

www.nisgaamuseum.ca

Welcome to Hli Goothl Wilp-Adokshl Nisga’a, which means “The Heart of Nisga’a House Crests,” a name that acknowledges and celebrates the importance of the four tribes that make up the Nisga’a Nation. The museum displays and incorporates all the Nisga’a crests and the people they represent within its permanent exhibition. The museum’s permanent collection is an assemblage of 300+ art objects that left the Nass Valley in the latter part of the 19th Century and early part of the 20th Century. This unique collection of carved masks, bentwood boxes, headdresses, soul catchers, and other artifacts are Anhooya’ahl Ga’angigatgum’ — the Ancestors’ Collection. (Photo by Gary Fiegehen, 2011)

Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre

PO Box 8, 34 Weway Road Quathiaski Cove
Quadra Island BC V0P 1N0
250.285.3733

www.nuyumbalees.com

Since its inception, the Nuyumbalees Society has been committed to the care and preservation of the Potlatch Collection and to the Revitalization of the Kwakwaka’wakw Language, Culture and Traditions through Cultural Education Programs.

There are several Petroglyphs outside the Cultural Centre which were moved from their original location to preserve and protect them. There are also petroglyphs on the waterfront near the Ah-Wah-Qwa-Dzas across the street.

Open -10am to 5pm daily; May 1 - Sept 30, 7 days a week

Turtle Island Gallery

115-1295 Cannery Lane
Kelowna BC V1Y 9V8
250.717.8235
www.turtleislandgallery.com

Mon to Fri: 10am - 5:30pm year round. Sundays in Summer: 11am - 4pm.

Specializes in First Nations art from magnificent masks carved by some of Canada's foremost aboriginal artists to original paintings, and limited edition prints to exquisite gold and silver jewelry. You will also find a great selection of crafts, giftware and Pendleton blankets.

The Gallery is open throughout the year from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 pm Monday through Saturday. In the summer we extend our hours to be open on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Xats'ull Heritage Village

5570 Xats'ull Heritage Site Road
Soda Creek, Williams Lake BC V2G 5L5
250.297.6502
(250) 989-2311
www.xatsullheritagevillage.com

Guided Tours, Traditional Meals, Cultural Workshops, Authentic Accommodation

The Xatśūll community (pronounced hat-sull) invites you to visit and experience our spiritual, cultural and traditional way of life. We offer daily tours and cultural workshops where you take part in a variety of educational and recreational activities. We are situated on a sunny plateau overlooking the Fraser River. Meet our friendly, knowledgeable guides who will take you on a memorable journey through the history of the Northern Secwepemc people. Learn to cook a traditional meal, listen to stories around an open fire and fall asleep to the beautiful sound of the Fraser River in the distance.

How to Get Here: 37 km north of Williams Lake in the Cariboo on Hwy 97; 577 km north of Vancouver.

Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre

7777 Mission Road
Cranbrook BC V1C 7E5
(250) 417-4001

Located at the famous St. Eugene Resort, this interpretive centre displays artifacts and details of the history and mythology of the Ktunaxa and the history of the resort. Once a residential school, this maganificent building was turned into an international destination resort by the Ktunaxa Nation in 2003. While visiting the centre, you will learn about the residential school period through exhibits and an informative documentary.

K'wy'i'y'e Spring Salmon Studio
Phyllis & Drew Atkins

23625 Gabriel Lane
Fort Langley BC V1M 2S3
604.888.4380
www.springsalmonstudio.com

Please visit their studio by appointment only


A First Nations owned and operated business offering customers both traditional and contemporary Coast Salish Art.
Phyllis Atkins is a Painter and Jeweler and her husband Drew Atkins is a Carver, both specializing in custom orders.

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler

4584 Blackcomb Way
Whistler BC V0N 1B0
604.964.0990 OR 1.866.441.SLCC (7522)
www.slcc.ca

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, in Whistler, showcases the art and heritage of the Squamish and Lil’wat Aboriginal people. The spectacular facility features, traditional drumming performances, an exhibit tour through the museum and modern galleries, a captivating short film and craft activities. The exhibits tell of our long history in the territory, of our relationship to the land, and all that lies within it.

Try on the regalia and play a drum in our children’s play area or engage in conversation with our ambassadors. Each guide has a unique story to tell. Learn the meaning behind traditional regalia, legends, carvings, art, songs and ceremonies. Located just off the Istken Hall, is our native art gift shop and indigenous cafe. Enjoy a traditionally inspired lunch; smoked salmon and bannock and our gift shop boasts one of the greatest collections of British Columbia Native art.

Spirit Bear Adventures

Spirit Bear Lodge
Klemtu BC
Toll Free 1-250-339-5644

www.spiritbear.com

Visit the Great Bear Rainforest, the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. Explore the natural habitat of the Spirit Bear and home of the world’s only Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy. Unique tours in the ancestral lands and traditional territory of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation.

Spirits Of The West Coast Native Art Gallery

2926 Back Road
Courtenay BC V9N 9G9
250.338.2120
Toll Free 1.877.338.2120

www.spiritsofthewestcoast.com

Our gallery offers you beautiful and affordable original Pacific Northwest Coast Native Art and Jewelry. We have a large variety of Masks, Carvings, Prints, Argillite Sculptures and jewellery including gold and silver bracelets, rings, pendants and Earrings.

The gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, or visit our online gallery anytime.

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Sun Spirit Gallery and Spirit Gallery

Sun Spirit Gallery:
2444 Marine Drive
West Vancouver BC V7V 1L1
778.279.5052

www.sunspirit.ca

Discover a wide range of West Coast Native and Inuit art. The blend of contemporary and traditional work includes unique corporate and personal gifts, gold and silver jewellery, home accents, art prints, glass work and hand carved masks, totem pole, panels and bentwood boxes. We aspire to showcase the best in First Nations art and share an understanding of the stories behind the art.

Eagle Spirit Gallery

1803 Maritime Mews
Vancouver (Granville Island) BC V6H 3W7
604.801.5205; Toll Free 1.888.801.5277
www.eaglespiritgallery.com

Daily, 11am—5pm Call for seasonal hours

Specializing in Northwest Coast Native Art.
Featuring hand-carved masks, panels, bentwood boxes, totem poles, argillite, glass sculpture and Inuit stone sculpture.

Museum of Northern BC

100 1st Avenue West
Prince Rupert BC V8J 1A8
250.624.3207
www.museumofnorthernbc.com

The Museum of Northern BC is located in a great cedar longhouse-style building overlooking the ocean. Guided tours provide the opportunity to experience 12,000 years of history and culture on the northwest coast. Visitors are invited to observe First Nations artists working in the carving shed and to browse the spectacular selection of Northwest Coast First Nations carvings and jewellery in the Gift Shop.

Xwisten Experience Tours


Lillooet BC
250.256.7844
www.xwistentours.ca

Come visit the Bridge River fishing grounds, the past and current fishing area of the St’at’imc People. Learn about the traditional wind-dried method of preserving the salmon that is still practiced today. Tour an extensive archeological site which identified over 80 pit houses dating back for thousands of years.

Located at 5202 Moha Road, 6 kilometers north of Lillooet. Email: tours@xwisten.ca

The Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre

200 Cowichan Way
Duncan BC V9L 6P4
250.746.8119
Toll Free 1.877.746.8119
www.quwutsun.ca

Open June thru September.

First Nations cultural experience
Listen to a Cowichan Tour Guide tell you stories passed from generation to generation, see the Authentic Cowichan Knitters display and purchase hand carved art pieces and jewelry. Try Authentic Native cuisine in the Riverwalk Caf- along the banks of the Cowichan River.

Eagle Aerie Gallery

350 Campbell St. Box 10
Tofino BC V0R 2Z0
250.725.3235
Toll Free 1.800.663.0669
www.royhenryvickers.com

Eagle Aerie Gallery is Roy Henry Vickers' artist-owned gallery located in Tofino, British Columbia. This stunning traditional Northwest Coast longhouse with a carved and painted cedar plank exterior and doors of beaten copper, is a recognizable Tofino landmark.

Inside discover Roy's artwork of paintings, original prints, calendars, art cards and reproductions hanging on hand adzed cedar walls among totem poles and carvings.

Fanny Bay Trading Co.

7581 Island Highway
Fanny Bay BC V0R 1W0
1.250.335.1475

www.fannybaytrading.com

The Fanny Bay Trading Co is a perfect place to stop on your trip up or down the island, whether you're looking for Native art, souvenirs, refreshments, or just a place to stretch your legs and breathe some fresh Vancouver Island air!

Check out the website at www.fannybaytrading.com!

Stsailes Development Corporation

4690 Salish Way
Agassiz BC V0M 1A1
604-796-2116
www.stsailesdevcorp.com

Our mission is to serve the sovereign interests of the Sts’ailes people through the creation, ownership and operation of profitable businesses including socio-economic enterprises. These nurture and strengthen self-reliance.

Art Route

Box 652, Suite 2 - 3207 Wharf Street
Queen Charlotte City BC
www.gohaidagwaii.ca

Art Route connects visitors with artists.

A brochure exhibiting over 40 Haida Gwaii artists in the Queen Charlotte Islands.