Indigenous Ingenuity

Indigenous Ingenuity: An Interactive Adventure. An exhibition developed by Montreal Science Centre.
Lead Sponsor
University of Waterloo Faculty of Science
Supporting Sponsor
Ontario Power Generation

Discover how Indigenous science is timeless in this visiting exhibition

Until April 16, 2023

The ingenuity of First Peoples from North America is all around us. Through an interactive quest, discover how Indigenous science is timeless. With a bear and a trickster as your guides, take part in a virtual canoe race, build an igloo, test a kayak’s centre of gravity and more. 

Experience the innovative processes that give rise to Indigenous knowledge by:

OBSERVING nature as a source of inspiration
LISTENING to bearers of knowledge
EXPERIMENTING with scientific principles 
SHARING acquired knowledge by passing it on to others 

Be inspired by Indigenous science and ways of knowing, and discover how Indigenous ingenuity continues to influence today’s society.

Indigenous Ingenuity was created by the Montreal Science Centre in collaboration with knowledge holders from First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. 

It is presented at the Ontario Science Centre in partnership with Lead Sponsor University of Waterloo and Supporting Sponsor Ontario Power Generation.

Interested in learning more about Indigenous knowledge, culture and history? Watch the IMAX® film, Great Bear Rainforest, playing in our OMNIMAX® Theatre, and journey into a hidden region of British Columbia that has been protected by Indigenous people for millennia. ​

  • Everything
  • Natural Environment
  • K-12: STEM Skills and Connections
  • Grade 1: Everyday Materials, Objects, and Structures; Energy in Our Lives; Needs and Characteristics of Living Things
  • Grade 2: Growth and Changes in Animals; Properties of Liquids and Solids; Air and Water in the Environment; Simple Machines and Movement
  • Grade 3: Growth and Changes in Plants; Strong and Stable Structures; Forces and Motion
  • Grade 4: Habitats and Communities; Light and Sound
  • Grade 5: Human Health and Body Systems; Properties and Changes in Matter; Forces Acting on Structures; Conservation of Energy and Resources
  • Grade 6: Biodiversity; Flight
  • Grade 7: Interactions in the Environment; Form, Function, and Design of Structures; Heat in the Environment
  • Grade 8: Fluids; Systems in Action; Water Systems
  • Grade 9 (SNC1W): Sustainable Ecosystems and Climate Change
  • Grade 10 (SNC2D): Earth and Space Science: Climate Change; Physics: Light and Geometric Optics
  • Grade 11 Biology (SBI3U): Diversity of Living Things; Evolution; Plants: Anatomy, Growth, and Function,
  • Grade 11 Biology (SBI3C): Microbiology; Plants in the Natural Environment
  • Grade 11 Chemistry (SCH3U): Chemical Reactions
  • Grade 11 Environmental Science (SVN3M): Scientific Solutions to Contemporary Environmental Challenges; Human Health and the Environment; Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry; Conservation of Energy
  • Grade 11 Environmental Science (SVN3E): Human Health and the Environment; Energy Conservation; Natural Resource Science and Management
  • Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH4C): Organic Chemistry; Chemistry in the Environment
  • Grade 12 Science (SNC4M): Medical Technologies; Nutritional Science; Biotechnology
  • Grade 12 Science (SNC4E): Nutritional Science
Two children learn to make a life-sized igloo. People learn about bows and arrows. Two children in a kayak learn about its history.