Pre-Conference Fieldtrips

Participants will board busses departing from the Westin and head to local institutions that preserve and share history and culture. These exclusive “behind-the-scenes” tours will equip attendees with practical insights and knowledge to enrich their own communities upon their return home.

Registered attendees will be invited to RSVP for their preferred fieldtrip 3 weeks before the gathering.

Library and Archives Canada’s Preservation Centre

(45 participants)

The Preservation Centre is the flagship building of Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Together, the Preservation Centre and the Preservation Storage Facility form the preservation campus. You will have the opportunity to visit the Preservation Centre. This building, specialized in the preservation of various documents, houses the vast majority of Library and Archives Canada’s collection and is unique in its architecture and specialization. You will visit a preservation vault, see restoration laboratories, and also have the chance to receive presentations on unique documents from our collection by LAC specialists.

Participants will be provided with bus transportation from the Westin.

Canadian Museum of History

(20 participants)

Join curator Dr. Jamie Trepanier (Curator, Post-Confederation Canada) for a tour of the Museum of History’s Canadian History Hall, which presents the events, personalities and historical currents that have shaped Canada — from time immemorial to the present day. The Hall is divided into three galleries, each focusing on a separate era of the country’s history over 15,000 years. This tour will focus on Gallery 3, with contemporary stories and perspectives, and will include emphasis on collaborations and consultations with Indigenous communities to share stories of resilience, resistance and renewal.

This signature exhibition illuminates the enduring legacy of Canada’s past – a legacy that is alive, relevant and continually unfolding.

Participants will be provided with bus transportation from the Westin.

Radical Stich – National Gallery of Canada

(25 participants)

Walk to the National Gallery of Canada to view the travelling exhibition Radical Stich, curated by Sherry Farrell Racette, Michelle LaVallee and Cathy Mattes. This landmark exhibition featuring works from over 40 artists brings much-needed critical attention to the breadth and impact of beading. Today’s Indigenous artists are using beading to address concerns and concepts related to history, decolonization and resistance. With humour, poignant testimony, and political and social commentary, this exciting exhibition includes wearable art and portraiture, installations and multimedia.

Participants will meet at the Westin and walk to their destination.

Transportation and Accessibility

Participants will be provided with bus transportation from the Westin to both the Library and Archives Canada’s Preservation Centre and the Canadian Museum of History. For all other field trips, participants will meet at the Westin and walk to the destinations. If you have mobility issues and need transportation, please provide a short note when RSVPing, and we will arrange additional transportation for you.

Keep Me Posted

Sign-up to stay informed about the Indigenous History and Heritage Gathering.