INDIGENOUS EXPERIENCES (formerly Aboriginal Experiences Arts & Culture) creates authentic experiences that showcase culture, history, food, music, art, fashion, dance and even entrepreneurship that is reflective and respectful of Canada’s diverse Indigenous heritage.
Indigenous Experiences boasts over 25 years’ worth of experience programming Indigenous entertainment and attractions to create lasting memories for participants young and old.
Our seasonal "Indigenous Experiences" attraction in Ottawa-Gatineau is one of Canada’s most established and successful Indigenous cultural tourism products having received numerous industry awards and designation as a Destination Canada Signature Experience.
But that is not all…..
Our event expertise ranges from booking entertainment to providing catering or a barbeque for 4,000 guests, to planning and managing all aspects of multi-day events for 10 to 50,000 people.
Our Entertainment at your Event
Indigenous entertainment has wide appeal for both Canadian and international audiences, which can add a unique dimension to your next event. Indigenous Experiences brings together Indigenous talent from across Canada to perform for school, corporate, and public audiences of over 50,000 annually.
Please see below for a detailed list of available programming offered by Indigenous Experiences – At your location of choice!
Corporate / Event Services:
End to end festival and event management
Cultural program development
Technical production & logistics
We plan and manage Indigenous programming for:
- major cultural and tourism events and festivals
- corporate conferences and events
- employee celebrations and retreats
- domestic and international tour companies (seniors, students, families and professionals) seeking Indigenous programming in Ottawa-Gatineau or across Canada
Some of our events include:
- Canadian Tulip Festival
- Canada Day on Parliament Hill
- Rendez Vous Canada - International Tour & Travel Marketplace
- Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival & Competition Pow Wow
- Westboro Fuse Street Festival
- Aboriginal Pavilion at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games held in Vancouver (Exclusive Caterers)
- Indigenous Experiences -seasonal tourist attraction in Canada’s Capital
Why Choose IE to program your next event:
- Authenticity: All of our Indigenous cultural programming and artistic performances are developed and delivered by our talented community of Indigenous artists.
- Proven Success: We have a stellar track record in planning and implementing Indigenous cultural events within public venues, which are open and welcoming for the public, but respectful of Indigenous culture and protocol.
- Talented Team: Our Indigenous team of professional event planners is available to tackle all of the detailed logistical, artistic and administrative areas of the event.
- Ongoing Partnerships: We have access to many local and national level Indigenous artists, including a current database of over 350 Indigenous artists of all disciplines available for performances and events along with proven networks to discover and profile new talent.
- Established Administration and Support: Your project is supported by a comprehensive infrastructure including reception, phone/fax, book-keeping, computer reservation systems and more.
IE’s innovative programming and entertainment services for major tourism and corporate events have helped to establish us as leaders in the industry.
Aboriginal Experiences was the proud EXCLUSIVE caterer for the
2010 Olympic Aboriginal Pavilion
We provide impressive catering services featuring traditional Indigenous foods served in a contemporary style that can range from a casual summer barbeque to a formal native fusion dinner buffet and everything in between.
Our professional team of Indigenous chefs, cooks and servers are proud to serve fresh, high quality food with a friendly service that is reflective of our culture and hospitality.
Some of our satisfied clients include
- Aboriginal Pavilion - 2010 Winter Olympics
- Assembly of First Nations - events at Parliament Hill and other locations.
- National Library of Canada
- Services Canada - 4,000 employee BBQ luncheon
- Health Canada
- Statistics Canada
- Department of Fisheries and Oceans
- Ministry of Natural Resources
- City of Ottawa
- Donna Conna
- Other government Departments
- Other Corporate clients.
We are currently updating our catering menu and are also pleased to create custom menus - please contact us for details.
Indigenous entertainment has wide appeal for both Canadian and international audiences, which can add a unique dimension to your next event. IE brings together Indigenous talent from across Canada. Following are some of the acts we have on hand and can readily provide:
Drum Group and First Nation Drummers
A talented Pow Wow drum will open and lead the event accompanied by stirring songs - this is the heartbeat of Mother Earth - the large drum. The highly visible and interactive performance also features a number of traditional and contemporary style dancers in full regalia.
The full performance ranges from 20-40 minutes and includes a recorded narration on the history and teachings of each dance style as well as opportunity for audience interaction. All performances can last up to 40 minutes (depending on event schedule).
Metis Jiggers - Prairie Fire
A talented and energetic performance, the Metis dancers demonstrate some of the most challenging jig dances. Performance ranges from 20 to 40 minutes depending on event schedule.
Sunsdrum (Inuit Throat singers)
Siqiniup Qilauta (Sunsdrum) presents Inuit cultural performances that include throat singing, drum dancing and the singing of traditional Inuit songs (ayaya). This talented group of youths has been actively performing since 2001, to both national and international audiences including British Royalty and Canadian Prime Ministers. Members of the group have travelled the globe to Mexico, Greenland, Germany among other countries to share their talents.
Christine Friday O’Leary
Christine is a contemporary First Nations dance artist and choreographer who performs excerpts from her original dance piece “Passage” which melds traditional movements and themes into a more contemporary context.
Other Program Options
We have over 300 diverse Indigenous Artists from around the country in our database, but would like to recommend a few entertainment options for consideration that have worked well in past corporate events.
- Interactive artist workshops with Metis artist Christi Belcourt
- Powerful performances by Canadian icon Susan Aglukark
- World Champion Hoop dancers (Dallas Arcand and Lisa Odjig)
- Multiple award-winning flute musician and carver, David Maracle
- DerRic Starlight, talented comedian and puppeteer with over 275 unique voices
- Metis hypnotist Scott Ward, an amazing performer for crowds of all ages
- Indigenous award winning town crier, storyteller and emcee, Daniel Richer
- Indigenous fashion shows featuring Indigenous designers and youth models
- Juno nominated and award winning contemporary music acts that span the musical genres from blues to world music and folk to rock such as Digging Roots, Derek Miller, Eagle and Hawk, Burnt Project 1, Andrea Menard and many more.
Interactive Artist Stations
Having interactive artist stations, where artisans are working on their craft or art has proven to be a very popular way to "bring the culture to life". The cost per artist may vary (from $550 and up plus HST). Some of the local artists we can provide are:
- Birch Bark Canoe Building
- Snowshoe Building
- Traditional Games Demonstrations - Inuit and Metis Voyageur
- Weaving Dreamcatchers
- Visual Artists (painting)
- Soap Stone Carving
- Hand Drum Creation
- Traditional Medicine Teachings
- Basket Weaving
- Beading Styles and Process
- Cradleboard Making
- Traditions of Maple Syrup
- Teaching Circles on various topics including:
- Medicine Wheel
- Other topics of interest from an Indigenous perspective
- Referrals of Aboriginal Elders to open and close events or to provide traditional teachings to support your corporate objectives