British Columbia is a vast, beautiful landscape that has known the footsteps of Aboriginal people from time immemorial. British Columbia has the highest diversity of distinct First Nations in Canada, with more than 50 First Nations in more than 200 communities.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, music performances and many Aboriginal Pow Wows & festivals throughout the year.
Aboriginal art is preserved in cultural centres such as the U’mista Cultural Centre, or weathered by the natural environment like the totem poles of Duncan and Gwaii Haanas National Park.
Interpretive centres, museums and tours throughout the province provide opportunities to learn about Aboriginal stories, ceremonies and traditions. Carvings and totem poles can be seen at galleries and museums, or even standing in their original, historic locations. Some highlights include the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, the Haida Heritage Centre on Haida Gwaii, and the Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos – but these are just a few of the many places and tours sharing Aboriginal cultural experiences in BC.
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