30 May

So much to do in JUNE!

Wow! With such a great start to Indigenous Walks it was really hard to find the time to do another blog post but there’s so much coming up that I thought you should know about so, welcome to Blog #3.

First of all, I had a few great tours this time around. Thank-you to teacher Michael Bernards from Lester B. Pearson for bringing your students on an Indigenous Walk! I met Mr. Bernards during my time at the National Gallery of Canada during the amazing “Sakahàn – International Indigenous Art” exhibition. At that time, I told him about my dream to launch Indigenous Walks and voila! He became my first of paying customer! Thank-you so much for your support.

The next tour was with the National Arts Centre’s Theatre Section. A big thank you to Sara Stanley for bringing the Board of Directors on a SURPRISE board development activity! I’m really looking forward to seeing the upcoming shows by Indigenous People that the NAC is hosting.

Thanks for the photo Sara!

NAC Board Tour

National Arts Centre Board members on an Indigenous Walks tour. Photo by Sara Stanley


Before I get into this amazing list of things to do in Ottawa, I want you to remember Indigenous Walks when booking your meetings, planning a group activity or a staff retreat. If there’s a group of 10 or more, I give better rates. Teachers might also want to start considering booking for the fall too.

If you’re visiting Ottawa and you’d like to participate in a public tour, be sure to check the schedule and send an email to sign up for a walk to: jaime@indigenouswalks.com

Check out the list of Indigenous events below:

May 30 @7:00pm-1:00am: Asinabka Film Festival Fundraiser

May 31-June 1: Kitigan Zibi Pow Wow

KZ Pow Wow

June 1 @ 2pm – 4pm: Indigenous Walking Tour starts at the Human Rights Monument near Elgin/Lisgar. To register, email: jaime@indigenouswalks.com or call (613) 290-8597


June 1 @ 2pm: Tours with curator Lisa Truong of “Inuit Art: Skin Deep” at Carleton University.

June (month): Ottawa Public Library Events

June 2 @ 1pm-3pm: “Addictions” at Wabano with Margaret Behan, Arapahoe-Cheyenne Elder. To register: lfletcher@wabano.com


June 2 @ Symposium: Aboriginal Identity and Health: Rooting Aboriginal Health & Wellness in the Rich Soil of Culture at Carleton University

Aboriginal IDentity and Health

June 3 @ 5:30pm – 8pm: 10th Anniversary and Awards Ceremony & Exhibition at the Museum of History with Nathaniel Arcand and Drew Hayden Taylor, Brian Maracle & Lee Maracle RSVP ourstory@historicacanada.ca (tell them you heard about it from Jaime :o)AA&S Invite1

June 5 @ 7:30pm-9:30pm: “Sketches” exhibition with Ojibwe artist Mark Seabrook at Venus Envy.

June 8 @ tbc: Panel discussion on “A Soldier’s Tale” at Wabano with Michael Greyeyes

June 9 @ 7:30pm: “A Soldier’s Tale” with Michael Greyeyes as part of the Canada Dance Festival @ the National Arts Centre

June 11 @ 5:30pm: Aboriginal Peoples’ Network BBQ at the Heart and Crown with special guest Gina Wilson (Basement Room, 67, Clarence Street, Byward Market, Ottawa) RSVP here

June 13: Quebec Native Women’s Eighth Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament

Funrasier - golf Kahnawaki




















June 13 @ 9:30pm-11pm: George Leech at Westfest

June 13 @ 9:30pm: “Native Girl Syndrome” Dance Performance by Lara Kramer at the ArtsCourt Theatre

June 13 @ 9am – 6pm: Westfest Aboriginal Art exhibition at All Saints’ Anglican Church Chapel. Artists: Simon Brascoupe, Jaime Koebel, Heather Campbell, Dean Ottawa, Emily Brascoupe

June 14 @ 12pm – 6pm: Westfest Aboriginal Art exhibition at All Saints’ Anglican Church Chapel. Artists: Simon Brascoupe, Jaime Koebel, Heather Campbell, Dean Ottawa, Emily Brascoupe


Artwork and photo by Emily Brascoupe

June 14 @ 5pm: Panel discussion with moderator Marie Wilson and Producer of “Native Girl Syndrome,” Lara Kramer.

June 14 @ 7pm-7:45pm: Shawnee at Westfest

June 15 @ 9:30pm-11pm: A Tribe Called Red at Westfest

June 18 @ 5pm-9:30pm: “Igniting Our Spirit” gala for Wabano at Hampton Inn with Métis singer Andrea Menard

June 19 @ 10am-5pm: Celebrating National Aboriginal Day at the Canadian Museum of Nature with Jaime and the Jiglets and friends Elaine & Theland Kicknosway.


Jaime and the Jiglets perform all over Ottawa this June!

June 20 @ 8:30am-3pm: Education Day at the Aboriginal Summer Solstice Festival, Vincent Massey Park

June 20-22: Aboriginal Festival and Competition Pow Wow at Vincent Massey Park. Line-up includes Northern Cree, Amanda Rheume, Jaime and the Jiglets, Suzette Amaya, Cheri Maracle, The Global Savages, Trickster Trilogy,


June 20 @ 11:30am-1:30pm: TD Bank Celebrates National Aboriginal Day with First Nations, Inuit and Métis performers including Jaime and the Jiglets at 1595 Telesat Ct. (James Naismith Dr.) Just so you know, last year, they had the best food there!

June 20 @ 5pm: Ottawa Métis Council hosts a cultural evening at Vincent Massey Park

June 21 @ 7pm-10:30pm: “Southern Lights Spectacle” dance show at Vincent Massey Park for Aboriginal Summer Solstice

So that’s a list and a half for you! For those of you who didn’t get to make it to the Odawa Native Friendship Centre’s 38th Annual Pow Wow, I’ve posted a few photos that I took of the fabulous dancers over the weekend of May 23-25.


Men’s Traditional Dancer Gabriel Whiteduck


Men’s Traditional Dancer, Ian Akiwenzie


Men’s Traditional Dancers: (Charles Belisle & Gabriel Whiteduck)


Men’s Traditional Dancer, Craig Marvin0343

Men’s Traditional Dancer. Please send me the name of this dancer if you know to: jaime@indigenouswalks.com



Men’s Traditional Dancer Jason Whitebear


Jingle Dress Dancers Line Up for competition announcement Photo by Jaime Koebel


Dorothy Meness and Jaime Koebel, Owner & Operator of IndigenousWalks.com Photo by Jode Kechego

04 May

Jane’s Walk – Indigenous Walking Tour #1 & #2

The launch of Indigenous Walks on the weekend of Jane’s Walks was a success! On Saturday’s Walk (May 3) there were 30 people who attended from start to finish. On Sunday, May 4 despite the rainy and cold weather, we started with 36 walkers and although a few dropped off part way through, there was still 24 walkers who bravely hung on until the end. We met at the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights Monument just off Elgin/Lisgar where we acknowledged Turtle Island and Algonquin Territory. The tours lasted 2 hours and because of the range of knowledge amongst participants, I gave a general overview of the population of Indigenous Peoples within the Nation’s Capital and from there we talked about specific landmarks and current events.

Indigenous Walks participants brave the pouring rain

Indigenous Walks participants brave the pouring rain Image by Leah Snyder for Mixed Bag Mag – www.mixedbagmag.com

The next FREE Indigenous Walking Tour is on May 8th at 5:30pm and begins at the Human Rights Monument on Elgin street near Lisgar.

Indigenous Walking Tour - Joseph Brant Valiant Memorial

Indigenous Walking Tour – Joseph Brant Valiant Memorial Image by Leah Snyder for Mixed Bag Mag – www.mixedbagmag.com

I promised that I would indicate some of those events here on the website in case participants were interested in attending them. The first event that I talked about was an art exhibition called, “Anishinabe Woman” at Venus Envy by Chippewa artist Rebekah Elkerton. On opening night local Anishinaabe author, Vera Wabegejig gave some readings from her newly released book of poetry called Wild Rice Dreams and Plains Cree performer Giselle Gotti Chanel provided a fabulous drag show! To make the evening tasty, Wawatay Catering provided a wonderful mix of traditional and contemporary Algonquin foods including bannock and of course her famously fresh salsa. Elkerton’s show is up for the entire month of May. The next Indigenous exhibition at Venus Envy is on June 5th by an Ojibway artist called Sketches: Art by Mark Seabrook.

Opening of "Anishinabe Women" at Venus Envy L-R Shelley Taylor, Jaime Koebel, Rebekah Elkerton

Opening of “Anishinabe Women” at Venus Envy
L-R Shelley Taylor, Jaime Koebel, Rebekah Elkerton, Giselle Goti Channel Image by Leah Snyder for Mixed Bag Mag – www.mixedbagmag.com

Another major supporter of Indigenous arts and literature in Ottawa is Octopus Books. On May 8 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm they will host a discussion with author Sam McKegney of Masculindians who will be joined by Anishinabe author Armand Garnet-Ruffo and he will be reading from his upcoming creative biography of Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird. A pleasant new addition to the evening is Anishinaabe author Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm who will open with her beautiful poetry. 

Currently at the National Arts Centre, is a powerful and poignant one man show by Métis/Lakota playwright and actor Cliff Cardinal called, Huff. Cardinal’s ability to take on 16 characters in a one hour time span mirrors the intensity of the content within the show itself and provides a peephole’s view of life on a reserve soaked in destitution. Despite the heaviness of the subject matter, the fact that Cardinal is presenting this play at all is a testament to the resiliency of the fastest growing population in Canada. Here’s a short clip.

National Arts Centre

Talk Back with Cliff Cardinal, Elizabeth Kantor, Karin Randoja


Other Indigenous performances coming up at the National Arts Centre include:

June 9 @ 7:30pm – A Soldier’s Tale by Plains Cree playwright and actor Michael Greyeyes 

June 13 @ 9:30pm – Native Girl Syndrome by Ojibwe/Cree choreographer/dancer Lara Kramer presented by the Canada Dance Festival

June 18 @ 8:00pm – Diggin Roots  is a five piece band with Indigenous artists ShoShona Kish who is a beautiful mix of Ojibway Anishinabe, Irish and Hungarian and Raven Kanatakta who is Algonquin Anishnabe and Onkwehonwe. They will be presenting their Indie-music at the NAC’s fourth-stage.



Westfest promises an amazing Juno winning line-up of fabulous Indigenous musicians:

June 13 @ 8:00pm George Leach (Stl’atl’imx)

June 14 @ 7:00pm  Shawanna

June 15 @ 8:00pm – Ottawa’s own, A Tribe Called Red with Deejay NDN (Ojibway), DJ Shub (Cayuga) and Bear Witness (Cayuga)

Hope to see you at some of these events!

Lastly, a huge thank-you to William Felepchuck, the Indigenous Walks Marshal and my three jiglets for helping me out with the tours this week. Thanks to MixedBagMag.com for the photos and social media feeds as well as John Jewitt for providing extra knowledge on Sunday’s tours about the Aboriginal War Veteran’s Monument.

Ekosi maka!