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First Nations Experiences in Vancouver

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Vancouver’s Aboriginal population is extremely diverse and includes First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people from all across Canada. There are three local First Nations in Vancouver: the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh. The City of Vancouver is on the traditional territories of these three First Nations who have a special spiritual, cultural, and economic connection to this land that goes back thousands of years. Find out more with these amazing Aboriginal experiences.
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31 West Pender, Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3, Canada
Canada’s first aboriginal arts hotel opened in 2014. Part luxury hotel and part social enterprise, Skwachays Lodge ticks all the right boxes. On the luxe side: plush linens, Hypnos beds (the same as the British royal family sleep on),...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Wander into the vivid green forest of Stanley Park and walk amongst the Red Cedars and soaring Douglas Firs on an interpretive walk with a First Nations guide from Talaysay Tours. Learn about the forest and the way of life of First Nations people...
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6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada
The UBC Museum of Anthropology has an incredible collection of artifacts from all over the world. It's the most extensive collection I have ever seen, not to mention an excellent resource for the history and contemporary perspectives of the First...
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120 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 1V9, Canada
I stumbled into this store when I first moved here thinking I could buy a postcard. Two years later I have yet to buy a postcard, yet Hills is possibly my favourite store in the city! I go by whenever possible, sometimes to shop, but usually to...
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1128 W Broadway #7, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G5, Canada
One of the city’s most popular restaurants that’s won acclaim in the UK’s Guardian and the New York Times, Salmon & Bannock serves up a genuine warm welcome and a modern West Coast approach to First Nations-inspired food. The...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
In Vancouver, B.C., on business this fall, I spent one morning zipping around Stanley Park on a bike I borrowed from my hotel. These totems, which were carved and painted by people from the Squamish Nation, stand to honor the original residents of...
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639 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2G3, Canada
One of Canada’s most revered artists—and once the face on the Canadian $20 bill—Bill Reid was born to a European father and a Haida mother. This gallery displays a collection of his sculptural masterpieces, and gold and silver jewelry which...
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Head out for a fun few hours paddling in North Van with Takaya Tours, a First Nations-owned eco-tourism outfit who mix outdoor adventure with cultural interpretations of the Coast Salish People’s history. Experienced guides lead guests on an...
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3211 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, BC V7B 0A4, Canada
As soon as you step off the plane at YVR you’ll be greeted by bold First Nations art works, from colourful totem poles to intricate carvings, welcoming visitors to the city, and the unceded Coast Salish territory. If you’ve time at the airport...
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268 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1X5, Canada
Vancouver’s annual Talking Stick Festival each February celebrates living First Nations culture from established and emerging Indigenous artists and performers, such as acclaimed Juno Award winners Tribe Called Red. Over ten days you can immerse...