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Indigenous guides can lead you on lesser travelled paths to places of historical and cultural significance.

Indigenous communities in British Columbia share some of these significant places with the public and offer valuable opportunities for visitors to witness the endurance of ancient cultures. Active ancient fishing sites and petroglyphs are hidden in the forest along the Fraser River; historic villages and towering totem poles remain on northern coasts.

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Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay

Indigenous Culture, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

Indigenous Culture, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

Through the Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay we celebrate the living culture of the Haida. Through our language, art and stories we share our relationship with the land and sea that which shapes, nourishes and sustains us. Kay Llnagaay protects and fosters Haida culture by reaffirming our traditions and beliefs, encouraging artistic expression, and serving as a keeper of all that we are. Kay Llnagaay is a place for the Haida voice to be heard. The Haida Gwaii Museum opened in 1976 and continues to build an international reputation for showcasing Haida historical and contemporary art, All-Island artists and an outstanding collection of objects, artifacts and scientific material culture. The Museum is committed to encouraging and facilitating creative dialogue and exploring a more holistic and critical view of the multiple and diverse ways of understanding Haida Gwaii — home to one of the most prominent Northwest Coast First Nations cultures (Haida), and rich ecosystems in Canada.

Northern British Columbia

Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)

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Ksan Historical Village and Museum

Indigenous Culture, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

Indigenous Culture, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

Northern British Columbia

New Hazelton

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Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre

Indigenous Culture, Attractions, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

Indigenous Culture, Attractions, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

The Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre is a 9,000 square-foot interpretive centre that exhibits 2 films, the Inkameep Day School Art Collection, indoor and outdoor interactive exhibits, a 1.5 km walking trail, and reconstructed traditional Okanagan village, and (visitor favourite) interpreter hosted programs which boast a fun filled experience for all ages! The centre is also an architectural marvel, and was built from local, sustainable materials.

Thompson Okanagan

Osoyoos

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Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre

Indigenous Culture, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

Indigenous Culture, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

Vancouver Island

Quadra Island

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U'mista Cultural Centre

Indigenous Culture, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres, Gift Shops

Indigenous Culture, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres, Gift Shops

U'mista Cultural Centre is one of the longest-operating and most successful First Nations cultural facilities in BC, founded in 1980 as a ground breaking project to house potlatch artifacts which had been seized by government during an earlier period of cultural repression. The return of the potlatch artifacts not only provided U'mista's name ('the return of something important'), and sparked a general trend toward repatriation of First Nations and cultural artifacts, it caused the creation of a physical facility and human resources infrastructure which have been successfully operated for over two decades.U'mista now operates a modern museum and cultural education facility in Alert Bay. Their operations include the museum, an extensive art gallery and gift shop, group tours, and presentations by dance troupes. The facility hosts international scholars, and supports researchers in a range of disciplines.

Vancouver Island

Alert Bay

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Nisga'a Museum

Indigenous Culture, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

Indigenous Culture, Museums, Heritage Sites, & Cultural Centres

Northern British Columbia

New Aiyansh

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