Explore First Nations’ culture in Edmonton

Edmonton has a rich cultural diversity and these art galleries, restaurants and businesses showcase some of the area’s First Nations culture.

Bearclaw Gallery

10403 124 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 3Z5

Located along 124 Street’s Gallery Walk, the Bearclaw Gallery showcases Canadian First Nations’ artists, from Mathewsie Iyaituk, Inuit soapstone carver, to Alex Janvier, Dene painter. The gallery was established in 1975, and since then has established itself as one-of-a-kind. Stop by to see what’s new in First Nations’ art.

Alberta Aboriginal Arts

Edmonton, AB T6X 1J9

Founders Christine Sokaymoh Frederick and Ryan Cunningham established Alberta Aboriginal Arts in Edmonton to create a community and support for Aboriginal performing arts. Each year, they produce Rubaboo, a multi-disciplinary arts festival.

Native Delights Aboriginal Cuisine

10406 118 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5G 0P7

If you’ve ever wondered what bannock would taste like in burger form, head over to Native Delights. The restaurant puts a fast food spin spin on traditional Aboriginal dishes. In 2013, owner Christopher Gladue started the business as a food truck, and by 2015, he opened a restaurant location on 118th avenue behind NAIT. Native Delights serves up a variety of bannock burgers – think steak, bison or bacon, mushroom and Swiss – fresh cut fries and ‘rez’ dogs, a hot dog served in a bannock bun.

Mother Earth Essentials

Carrie Langevin, owner of Mother Earth Essentials, creates and sells a line of bath and beauty products using Alberta-grown ingredients at her shop in Edmonton. The products reflect her Aboriginal heritage: She learned about the medicinal properties of plants from medicine women and she incorporates teachings from the Medicine Wheel. Carrie was recognized as a Global Woman of Vision in 2014 and received the 2013 Business Award of Distinction for Aboriginal Woman Entrepreneur. The shop sells essential oils, handmade soap, bath minerals, tea and body washes, lotions and balms.

Edmonton Public Library

10212 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 5A3

The Edmonton Public Library offers plenty of Aboriginal resources, such as music, newspapers, magazines, books and language resources. Pull up a seat at the library and browse at your convenience or check out the items to look at them in the comfort of your home. Either way, the library is a great resource, with branches in many communities across the city.

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