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

All day: Cultural workshop with Algonquin canoe-maker, Daniel (Pinock) Smith


10 am: Opening ceremony

11 am – 12 pm: Speakers panel featuring N’we Jinan artists: Liam Buckshot, Alison MacLeod, Hailey Ottawa. First Nations youth will share the inspirations behind their song and short film, “Outsiders,” 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 about the Algonquin people with Chief Kirby Whiteduck of Pikwakanagan and Fred McGregor of Kitigan Zibi

1 – 2 pm: Cultural Performances by fancy dancer, Malcolm Smith, and hoop dancer, Sarah Decontie

Day 2

Thursday, November 2
Theme: Treaties

All day: Cultural workshop with Algonquin canoe-maker, Daniel (Pinock) Smith


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

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

11:30 am – 1:00 pm:  Maliseet bark etching teachings and demonstration with Gina Brooks


1 – 3 pm:

  • Jingle dress teaching and demonstration with Randy White and Andy White of Whitefish Bay Ojibway First Nation
  • Young women and girls jingle dress dancers
  • Men and young boys’ traditional and grass dance

3 – 4 pm: Screenings of short films on First Nations people and cultural teachings

6 – 9 pm: Join the FNCCEC for an evening of homemade bannock and jam, and an evening of learning and celebration

Day 3

Friday, November 3
Theme: Eco-system

All day: Cultural workshop with Algonquin canoe-maker, Daniel (Pinock) Smith


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

10:15 am – 12:00 pm: Speakers panel with Elders Jan Longboat and Dave Courchene on the relationship between First Nations and the ecosystem, the interconnectivity to the land, water, air and all life form, and the responsibility to Mother Earth


12 – 1 pm: Cultural teachings by Bii Waubun Kwe (Ann Marie Proulx)

1 – 4 pm: Cultural performances
Buffalo Boy Productions: Donald Speidel, Chante Speidel, Christopher Scribe and Terry James Warren will perform an array of Cree, Dene, Nakawe, Dakota, Nakota and Lakota song and dance traditions

Kanehsatà:ke Mohawk Women Singers: Kawisaienhne Albany, Kanehtisakhe Albany, Cathy Beauvais, Julie Gaspe, Kahrihohestha Cupples, Shaelyn Nelson, Suzie Beauvais, Nicole Nicholas and Teionata’a Tolley are members of the Women Singers group and will share their ancestral songs of their Mohawk culture

4 – 5 pm: Screenings of short films on First Nations people and cultural teachings

6 – 9 pm: Join the FNCCEC for an evening of homemade bannock and jam, and an evening of learning and celebration

Day 4

Saturday, November 4
Theme: Reconciliation

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

All day: Cultural workshop with Algonquin canoe-maker, Daniel (Pinock) Smith


11:00 am: Opening program with Kanehsatà:ke Mohawk Elder Ahnewario John Cree, Bear Clan and Faithkeeper will recite the thanksgiving address respectfully known as “The words Before All Else – Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen”

11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Speakers panel featuring FNCCEC president Morris Shannacappo and 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 with Yvonne Joe and Mona Sepass

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

Madison Many Bears – Kstistapakkii (Mystery Woman)
Zeo Tallow – Iitsooh’koomii (Yells Above)
Roddy White Quills – Nihsikapooh’kitopi (Two Riders)
Hayden Wells – Mahsowapsi (Handsome)
Bransen Weasel Head – Mihni’sta’paanihkooyii (Different Singer)
Kyanni Thunder Chief –Mah’tso’wah’paakii (Beautiful Woman)
Charles Dryden Healy – Apootapoo (Defends Against his Enemy)
Aiden Cross Child – Saakowapanskoo (Last Singer)
Thunder Calf Robe – Ksi’sst’tsikoom (Thunder)
Loxi Calf Robe – Oot’sskwiipiksii (Blue Bird)
Olivia Black Plume – Ohtsinaakii (Little Lady)
Ashton Day Chief – Poksipiitaa (Little Eagle)

Performance of hand drum songs by Laura Gagnon of Aroland Ojibway First Nation

Day 5

Sunday, November 5
Theme: Languages

All day: Cultural workshop with Algonquin canoe-maker, Daniel (Pinock) Smith


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

10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Speakers panel featuring Andrea Bear-Nicholas (Maliseet First Nation), Yves Pinette (Innu First Nation) and Ryder Nottaway-Cote (Algonquin First Nation) 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 by Bii Waubun Kwe (Ann Marie Proulx)

1 – 2 pm: Barriere Lake Algonquin Youth Drum Group, featuring Dorion Deschenes, Marcus Decoursay, Mavin Nottaway, Brennan Nottaway, Tyrell Nottaway and Hayden Wawatie, will share hand and big drum songs.
Members from the Algonquin communities of Barriere Lake, Pikwakanagan and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg will perform traditional, fancy, jingle and shawl dances.

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.


Media Partner

Thank you to our Marketing Partners

Canadian Friends of Somalia
Députée Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP Ottawa-Vanier
Downie Wenjack Fund
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
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National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
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Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Ottawa Metis Council
Ottawa Tourism

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