MUSEUMS + CULTURAL CENTRES + HERITAGE SITES + GALLERIES

 

Bring Learning to Life:
Indigenous Immersive and Experiential Learning in BC

At the heart of Indigenous learning principles lies a profound respect for independent learning that supports the wellness of self and community through observation, listening, and active participation, often with minimal intervention or distraction.

From class field trips to corporate team building, these are some of the Indigenous immersive and experiential learning experiences available in British Columbia. Engage the senses, accommodate different learning styles, encourage self-reflection and introspection, and foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous Peoples in BC.

Learning Leaves the Desk:

Explore and experiment for improved collaboration, comprehension, and retention.

Cultural centers, museums, galleries, and heritage sites serve as dynamic spaces where students, learners, teachers, and work teams can delve into the richness of Indigenous knowledge through multi-sensory experiences that bring learning off the page. By incorporating sight, sound, touch, and even taste, these experiences foster improved comprehension and retention and a deeper emotional connection to learning.

Hands-on and hands-up for growth.

 Indigenous experiential learning opens doors to a world of learning beyond boardrooms and textbooks, allowing active exploration and engagement with cultural knowledge. Indigenous immersive learning challenges individuals to step out of their comfort zones and consider diverse perspectives.

Northern BC

'Ksan Historical Village

Nisga’a Museum

Laxgalts’ap

The Nisga’a Museum is Hli Goothl Wilp-Adokshl Nisga’a, which means “The Heart of Nisga’a House Crests,” a name that celebrates the importance of tribes and tribal crests in Nisga’a society. The heart of the Nisga’a Museum is the Ancestors’ Collection, containing carved masks, bentwood boxes, headdresses, soul catchers, and other works.
The treasures in the Ancestors’ Collection were returned to the Nass Valley from museums in Ottawa and Victoria as part of the Nisga’a Treaty. Now, for the first time, they are displayed together in their place of origin.

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nisgaanation.ca/nisgaa-museum

Nisga’a Museum

Haida Heritage Centre

Haida Heritage Centre

Haida Heritage Centre At Kay ‘Llnagaay

Kay ‘Llnagaay | Skidegate

The Haida Heritage Centre at Kay ‘Llnagaay is an award-winning Indigenous cultural tourism attraction located on Haida Gwaii at Kay ‘Llnagaay or Sea-Lion Town, an ancient village site. The Centre celebrates the living culture of the Haida people–it is their gift to the world.
The Centre was designed to resemble the traditional oceanside Haida village that once stood in its place with a series of traditional long houses constructed to blend into the original Haida Gwaii Museum.

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haidaheritagecentre.com

Haida Gwaii Museum–Saahlinda Naay

Ḵay ‘Llnagaay | Skidegate

Saahlinda Naay, the Haida Gwaii Museum, is committed to using art as a means of facilitating creative dialogue that encourages a holistic and critical exploration of the multiple, diverse ways to understand Haida Gwaii. The underlying theme running through the museum is the complex link between the land, the sea, human beings, and Supernatural Beings–all which give Haida Gwaii its incomparable natural and cultural character.
Take a fascinating look into Haida Gwaii culture from diverse perspectives where Haida knowledge, western science, art, and politics all blend together in a fluid and constantly changing context.

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haidagwaiimuseum.ca/museum

Haida Gwaii Museum | Northern BC Tourism/Shayd Johnson

‘Ksan Historical Village and Museum

‘Ksan Historical Village and Museum

Hazelton

The ‘Ksan Historical Village and Museum opened its doors to the public in 1970, to the beat of ceremonial drums and the songs and dances of the GItxsan dancers.The people of the river of mist have inhabited this area for thousands of years.
The Gitxsan encourage visitors to come and learn the ways of their people and explore their history. At the Ksan Historical Village and Museum, trained storytellers are waiting to tell you who the Gitxsan were and are today.

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ksanvillage.ca/home

Thompson Okanagan

Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre | Destination BC/Hubert Kang

Sncewips Heritage Museum

West Kelowna

Sncewips Heritage Museum provides a protected place for sqilxʷ representation, culture, and heritage. Sncewips (sen-cha-weeps) translates to “how our tangible objects tell our story” or “a conversation with an ancestor.”
This is a living museum, meaning that the artifacts displayed and the cultural practices shared with guests at the museum are actively used and practiced by the sqilxʷ People today. The museum tour explores self-government, traditional tools and dwellings, family and community structures, cultural practices, storytelling, and more.

Visit the website or contact this experience directly for current offerings and hours of operation.

sncewips.com

Sncewips Heritage Museum

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre | Destination BC/Andrew Strain

Nk’Mip Cultural Centre

Osoyoos

The spectacular Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre (pronounced in-ka-meep) is a state-of-the-art interpretive centre is an architectural marvel sensitively constructed into a hillside. Extensive indoor and outdoor exhibit galleries create a fun, interactive learning environment with hands-on displays, education stations and two multimedia theatre experiences. Discover the fascinating stories of Canada’s only desert and share in the rich living culture of the Okanagan People.
There are two multi-sensory theatres where you can experience the legends of Sen’klip (the Coyote). Discover the desert ecology and wildlife in the “Living Land” display and the “Critter Corner” where you can see eye-to-eye with a Western Rattlesnake and a Great Basin Desert Snake. In the Inkameep Day school Exhibit, explore a collection of art done by students aged six to sixteen at a school on the reserve in the 1930s.

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nkmipdesert.com

McAbee Fossil Beds Heritage Site

Cache Creek

The McAbee Fossil Fields, operated by the Bonaparte First Nation, provide a unique and educational experience for visitors.  This expansive fossil field contains diverse plant, insect, and fish fossils and offers a glimpse into the ancient past, allowing you to explore the rich history and cultural significance of the area.
The total loop of the trail spans 8 kilometers, with approximately 1.5 kilometers of easy-to-access trails, making it a manageable daytrip for students and their teachers. Along the way, you’ll encounter informative trail signs that provide insights into the original village sites and the rich history of the Bonaparte First Nation.

This experience is open in the summer months, call the Bonaparte First Nation (250) 457-9624 to get hours of operation.

McAbee Fossil Fields

Cariboo Coast Chilcotin

Xwisten Experience Tours | Thompson Okanagan/Jonah Greenman

Xatśūll Heritage Village

Xatśūll Heritage Village

Soda Creek

The Xatśūll First Nation community welcomes you to the national award-winning Xatśūll Heritage Village, located on Fraser River just north of Williams Lake. This unspoiled region is home to a wide array of plants, fish, and wildlife – each perfectly adapted to this unique environment.
Learn about the history of the Secwépemc Nation and their traditional way of life.  Learn about the mighty Fraser River where the Secwépemc Peoples have fished for thousands of years, sleep in a teepee, visit the kikule, or experience a traditional sweat ceremony.

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xatsullheritagevillage.com

Tuckkwiowhum Village First Nations Heritage Site

Tuckkwiowhum | Boston Bar

Tuckkwiowhum Village (pronounced Tuck-we-ohm) is a First Nations heritage site and village located in Nlaka’pamux Territory, south of Boston Bar. Tuckkwiowhum was given its name by Nlaka’pamux People, being known as a “great berry picking place” and still boasts rolling hills and lush forests of wild huckleberries, blueberries, and medicinal plants.
Tuckkwiowhum Village was inspired by a desire to preserve and share the teachings of the Nlaka’pamux people. Guests are offered an opportunity to experience the Nlaka’pamux village lifestyle before the arrival of European culture.

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tuckkwiowhum.ca

Tuckkwiowhum Heritage Village | Cariboo Chilcotin Coast/Jonny Bierman

Xwisten Experience Tours

 

Xwisten Experience Tours

Lillooet

Xwisten Experience Tours invites you to visit the Bridge River Fishing Grounds, the past and current fishing area of the St’át’imc People. Learn about the traditional wind-dried method of preserving the salmon still used  today.
Tour an archaeological village site containing over 80 identified pit houses (s7ístken), the traditional winter homes of the St’át’imc people.The fish rock tour includes a walking tour along the Xwísten (Bridge River) fishing grounds where the St’at’imc people still fish every summer to gather their salmon for the winter. A demonstration is provided of how the St’at’imc wind dry salmon.

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xwistentours.ca

Vancouver Island

Destination BC/Reuben Krabbe

U’mista Cultural Centre

U’mista Cultural Centre

Alert Bay

The focus of the permanent collection at U’mista Cultural Centre is the Potlatch Collection. The other permanent exhibits on display include description of the traditional ethnobiology of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw and origin stories of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw villages, as well as historical and contemporary Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw objects.
Between 1885 and 1951, the potlatch was banned in Canada. After the ban was lifted, the Kwakwaka’wakw people fought for decades for the return of their sacred regalia. Most of the regalia has come home and it is shown here at the U’mista Cultural Centre and at the Nuyumbalees Museum. See this collection of Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw belongings in-place and with Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw Peoples, and engage for reconciliation and cultural resurgence.

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umista.ca

Roy Henry Vickers Gallery

Tofino

Roy Henry Vickers Gallery is Roy Henry Vickers’ artist-owned gallery located in Tofino, British Columbia. This stunning traditional Northwest Coast longhouse has a carved and painted cedar plank exterior and 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.
The gallery is open free to the public all year round. For a live and interactive Indigenous art experience, check for an opportunity to gather around the centre pit in the main hall to listen to stories of Roy’s life and hear what inspires his artwork.

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royhenryvickers.com

Henry Vickers Gallery | Destination BC/Jordan Dyck

Kootenay Rockies

St Eugene Resort | Destination BC/Kari Medig

St. Eugene Resort

Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre at St. Eugene Golf Resort Casino

Cranbrook

Nestled in the spectacular Rocky Mountains, the Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre at St. Eugene Resort celebrates a unique history within a beautiful and rare setting. The Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre is a place where Ktunaxa people come together to give visitors a taste of their rich heritage, mythology and culture.
Located in the mission building, a former residential school, guests are encouraged to view the many historic artifacts, contemporary art, archival photographs and displays containing examples of traditional stone, bead, hide, wood and cloth work. Learn about the everyday life of the Ktunaxa, and discover their renowned horsemanship and canoe-making.
From team-building exercises to traditional games and craft classes, programs can be customized to fit the group’s needs.

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steugene.ca

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre / Blake Jorgensen
Cultural Experiences at SLCC

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Whistler

Feel, look, learn, gather, create, wander, explore, and taste. Welcome to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) – the heart of authentic Indigenous experience in Whistler.
The SLCC offers hands-on experiences and interpretive tours, with custom tours available for work and school groups. The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and the Lil̓wat7úl Nations invite guests to experience distinctive carved house posts, canoes, spindle whorls, weaving, regalia, bold artwork, and artifacts throughout the museum and galleries. Hear firsthand cultural experiences in the extraordinary building designed to evoke a Squamish Longhouse and Lil’wat Istken – and see the traditional Longhouse and Istken Pithouse.

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slcc.ca

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

Vancouver

The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art offers guided tours to deepen an understanding of the art and life of contemporary Indigenous Northwest Coast Peoples in this significant collection of art and archives related to Bill Reid and his legacy.
The gallery offers specialized tours and educational experiences for ESL students, seniors, and community groups and hosts a dynamic range of events for people of all ages including artist talks, hands-on workshops, storytelling, panel discussions, events.

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billreidgallery.ca

Bill Reid Gallery | Sama Jim Canzian

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre