About the Expo

Culture is education, culture is healing and culture is success.


The FNCCEC Cultural Expo is a week-long showcase and celebration of First Nations people, history, language and lifestyle. Through our diverse programming, Expo attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how First Nations weave together the fabric of Canada.


We seek to promote reconciliation through the celebration of culture, which can in turn build new relationships, better understanding and sincere respect. Join together with us, nation to nation, to move forward in making the next 150 years (and beyond) the best for First Nations children and all of Canada’s children.

Program Schedule

Day 1

Wednesday, November 1
Theme: Youth


10 am: Opening ceremony

11 am – 12 pm: Speakers panel featuring N’we Jinan artists. First Nations youth will share the inspirations behind their song and short film, the importance of identity and culture, their role in their culture, community and society, and their hopes and aspirations for the future.

Hand drums: Honouring the Youth


12 – 1 pm: Cultural teachings with Algonquin canoe maker and presentation of Algonquin history

1 – 2 pm: Cultural Performances

Day 2

Thursday, November 2
Theme: Treaties


10:00 – 10:30 am: Opening program with Elder and panel facilitator

10:30 – 11:30 am: Speakers panel on treaties, what they are and what they mean for First Nation people and Canada

11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Maliseet wood weaving teaching and demonstration


1 – 3 pm:

  • Jingle dress teaching and demonstration
  • Young women and girls jingle dress dancers
  • Men and young boys’ traditional and grass dance

3:00 – 4 pm: Screenings of short films

6 – 9 pm: Bannock Social evening featuring cultural teachings, performances and celebration

Day 3

Friday, November 3
Theme: Eco-system


10:00 am – 10:15 am: Opening program with Elder and panel facilitator

10:15 am – 12:00 pm: Speakers panel on the relationship between First Nations and the ecosystem, the interconnectivity to the land, water, air and all life form

11:15 am – 1:00 pm: Seven Grandfathers Teachings cultural workshop


1 – 4 pm: Cultural performances

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Screenings of short films

6 – 9 pm: Bannock Social evening featuring teachings on the treaties, cultural performances and celebration

Day 4

Saturday, November 4
Theme: Reconciliation


Doors open at 9:30 am and cultural exhibits, canoe-making, films and storytelling will be available

11:00 am: Opening program with Elder and panel facilitator

11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Speakers panel featuring First Nations Elders and youth sharing their perspectives on reconciliation, their vision for the next 150 years and how First Nations and Canadians can journey forward in reconciliation


1 – 2 pm: Sto:Lo wool weaving teaching

2 – 5 pm: Song and dance teachings and cultural performance by Ninastako Blackfoot youth drum group

Day 5

Sunday, November 5
Theme: Languages


10:00 am: Opening program with Elder and panel facilitator

10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Speakers panel featuring language advocate, Elder and youth sharing their knowledge about: the importance of ancestral languages; the significance of their language to oneself as an individual, their communities and their nations; and what is needed to protect and promote the survival of First Nations languages.


12 – 1 pm: Teachings on ceremonial dress, responsibility and care of regalia

1 – 2 pm: Cultural performances by the Barriere Lake Algonquin youth drum group and Algonquin Anishinabeg dancers

2 – 5 pm: Canoe-raising ceremony featuring First Nations and Canadian youth raising the canoe together as a symbol of their journey in unity for the next 150 years and beyond

Ceremony, prayer and honour song for the journey of the canoe

Cultural Expo closing with FNCCEC President Morris Shannacappo and friendship dance

Plan Your Visit

The 2017 FNCCEC Cultural Expo happens every day between Wednesday, November 1 and Sunday, November 5. Consult the program for timing of events throughout the week.

Expo events will take place at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue.

Directions to City Hall via:

Parking is available for a fee at Ottawa City Hall. An enclosed public parking area is located underneath City Hall. Parking lot locations and parking fees.


The FNCCEC Cultural Expo is delivered in partnership with the Government of Canada, made possible by Canadian Heritage.

The FNCCEC cultural expo will take place on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Algonquin people. The FNCCEC respects all ancestral and treaty lands of First Nations people.

About the FNCCEC

The First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres (FNCCEC) is a non-profit, national organization. Our unified voice leads in the promotion, protection, revitalization and maintenance of First Nations languages, cultures and traditions as given by the Creator.

FNCCEC is comprised of over 50 Cultural Education Centres which are located in every part of the country and represents the language and cultural diversity among First Nations.

The vision of the FNCCEC is to work collectively for the development of culturally and linguistically self-sustaining First Nation communities with the mission to advocate on behalf of our members, while creating awareness on the vitality of promoting, protecting and preserving our First Nations languages and culture forever for our children today and tomorrow.

Contact Us:

Phone: 613-728-5999
Email: communications@fnccec.ca