First Nations Culture and Heritage


The Heart of Ontario is proud to be home to Canada’s largest First Nation, the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, as well as the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Proud of their rich heritage, these communities are eager to share their culture and traditions.


Join the excitement and feel the pride as you become immersed in First Nations culture during a Pow Wow; listen to drums, see the dancers’ colourful regalia and taste native cuisine. Relax and enjoy arts and crafts at events, fairs and in the communities of the Six Nations of the Grand River and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations. While there, explore the long history of the Iroquois at the many historic sites found in Hamilton Halton Brant.
 

Heritage Sites & Attractions

Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford
The Woodland Cultural Centre is an integral cultural and educational centre within the Brantford and Six Nations communities that protects, promotes, interprets, and presents the history, language, intellect and cultural heritage of the Anishinaabe and Onkwehonwe people. Providing several permanent and short-term exhibits, the Woodland Cultural Centre also focuses on language and cultural preservation through special events and workshops.
 
Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, Brantford
Built in 1785, the Chapel is the oldest Protestant Church in Ontario and the first Royal Chapel in the world belonging to native people.
 
Chiefswood National Historic Site, Ohsweken
Visit the birthplace and childhood home of Mohawk poetess E. Pauline Johnson. This wonderful historic house and museum features a selection of original furnishings and Johnson family artifacts.
 
15th Century Reconstructed Iroquoian Village, Crawford Lake Conservation Area
This palisaded Iroquoian village offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore two reconstructed longhouses and learn from hands-on displays, exhibits and seasonal demonstrations.
 
Grand Experience's Onanadaga Run
Take a 4-hour guided Voyageur Canoe Trip from the river's Oxbow by Brantford to the village of Onondaga near the Six Nations Reserve, or join on a River & Reserve tour that begins with a shorter 1-hr guided paddle from the Village of Onondaga to the Six Nations Reservation in our 12-man Voyageur canoes.
 
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