22 Sep

September news!

It’s been far too long since I’ve been able to catch my breath to write up another blog! There’s been so much happening and so much coming up, that I can’t NOT write a blog!

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First of all, thank you to all of the people who have come on walks over the summer!

I’d also like to introduce one of our part-time tour guides Shady Hafez to Indigenous Walks. Shady is a member of the Indigenous community here in Ottawa with both Algonquin and Syrian decent. He is currently a hard-working student at Carleton University and is working on a special tour for November on war and Indigenous people. Stay tuned!

Photo by Tonya Fawn

Shady Hafez – Photo by Tonya Fawn

Over the summer, we had several groups do tours with Indigenous Walks:

École secondaire publique L'Héritage

École secondaire publique L’Héritage

As well, a huge thanks to the Asinabka Festival and the Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement for partnering with Indigenous Walks to host a special tour that finished with “Rhymes for Young Gouls” at Victorial Island during the Festival on July 23rd. There was a whopping 101 people and APTN was there to record the whole event.  There have been several public tours under the summer night sky too and I was really lucky to have met some amazing quality people! Thank-you everyone for coming on the walk!!

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There are new walking tours to check out too! The best place for up to date information is on the schedule page but here’s a brief synopsis:

Beginner’s Tour

This tour is for individuals who are new learners of Indigenous social, political and culture issues. It is also for individuals who have not seen the Ottawa landscape from an Indigenous artistic perspective through monuments and environmental landscape.

  • September 23 @ 5pm-7pm
  • October 1 @ 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • October 7 @ 1pm-2pm FREE tour with the City of Ottawa

Parliament Hill Tour

I’m pretty excited about this tour because it’s a walk that starts at the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill and examines architecture, monuments and landscape through an Indigenous lens. For instance, we’ll stop at the Persons Monument and focus on Indigenous people and voting in Canada. I’ll explore the relationship that our past Prime Minister’s had with Indigenous people in Canada and together we can search for hidden architecture of Indigenous imagery built right in to the Parliament buildings.

  • September 28 @ 5pm-7pm
  • October 3 @ 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • October 6 @ 5:30pm-7:30pm

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August 22 – October 4 – Material Witness: Art, Activism, and Fibre at Gallery 101 on 51B Young Street. With Anishinabe artist Barry Ace 

September 20 – “Breaking Barriers” is an exhibition that features five Indigenous artist (among others) at the Diefenbunker Museum in Carp, ON just 20 minutes from Ottawa. The five artists are Heather Campbell, Rebekah Elkerton, Peter Purdy, Tim Yearington and Howard Adler curated by Jaime Koebel. This exhibition will be up until January 2015 and will even be visisted by Amazing Race Canada during the week of September 22-26, 2014.


September 20 – “Disney Made Me Do It” with Barry Ace (Anishinabe) during Nuit Blanche at the Ottawa Art Gallery.

Photo from the Ottawa Citizen

Super Phat Nish by Barry Ace. Photo from the Ottawa Citizen Newspaper

September 20 – If you happen to be around the Oshawa area, I would also highly recommend that you see “Reading the Talk” which is an exhibition at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery until January 2015. It is a conversation about the Dish with One Spoon Treaty. Indigenous Artists: Michael Belmore, Hannah Claus, Patricia Deadman, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Keesic Douglas and Melissa General.

Belmore "Bridge" 2014

Belmore “Bridge” 2014 from RMG website

September 23 – Anyone wanting to invest in Aboriginal children in Ottawa should attend the Makonsag Aboriginal Headstart AGM. It begins at 5pm and they always have a great meal! If I didn’t have a tour that night, I’d be there in a flash.

September 25 – My friend Jennifer Hayward (Métis) is putting on a comedy/burlesque show at Zaphod’s called Tits and Giggles. The show starts at 9pm and you can get your tickets here.

September 26 – Métis jigging lessons at Wabano for the Seniors Program with Jaime Koebel from 12-2pm

Dancing Elders

Dancing Elders at Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

September 22-26 – Jay Mason, Activist, Teacher, Warrior, Sundancer, Native way educator speaks about various subjects at Kumik Lodge in the Indian affairs building in Hull

September 26 – Wabano’s Birthday Celebration from 5pm-7pm


September 27 – Kikinàmàgan Powwow to Welcome Students and Celebrate Aboriginal Cultures from 12pm-5pm

Pow Wow Poster

September 28 – “Storytelling” Indigenous Art exhibition at the Shenkman. Artist talk from 12pm-3pm with Adrian Stimson.


Cover: Adrian Stimson, Beyond Redemption, 2010​

September 29 – Free jigging lessons with Jaime Koebel at Wabano for the Perinatal Program

Wabano Logo

September 29 – Opening of autumn exhibitions at Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) from 5pm-7:30pm includes Indigenous artists such as Raymond Boisjoly (Haida/Quebecois), Robert Davidson (Haida), Freda Diesing (Haida) and Beau Dick (Kwakwaka’wakw).  There is also, Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration exhibition as a part of the opening. 

Image from CUAG website

Image from CUAG website

September 30 – Artist talk with Raymond Boisjoly at the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG). Raymond is of both Haida and Quebecois descent.

Please remember that you are all welcome to any of these events! I sure hope to see you there!


There were a few questions on my walks that people had or comments that I made that I said I would follow up with. Here they are!

For more information on the Aboriginal War Veteran’s Monument, you can check this link out. I do believe they made a mistake in the video and indicated that there are two women and two men however, to me, there are clearly three men and one woman. I’ll follow up with the people who made the video.

For the NFB film that I talked about with reference to the Métis war veteran who lost his home to a Settler Soldier upon returning from his time in the war, you can see more information here: Forgotten Warriors by Loretta Todd, 1997.

Also really cool are two local Indigenous radio programs that air right out of Ottawa. The first is Aboriginal CKCU from Carleton University that airs on Sunday mornings at 9am. My favourite program is The Michif Hour with Governor General Award winning host, Tony Belcourt. The other one is The Circle through the University of Ottawa’s CHUO with Darren Sutherland. Check him on out Tuesday from 9pm-10pm. Also click the links to hear podcasts for past shows.

There was a person on the walk who asked me about the original names of Chaudiere Falls. Through my friend and soon to be tour guide J-l Fournier, he shared this information with me (Thanks J-l!):

  • Akikpauktik from mishomis Commanda,
  • Akikodjiwan from James morrison (historian)
  • Pesabkedjowin from Joe Wagoos

It’s kind of time to start thinking about Christmas so I thought I’d leave with you a few shopping ideas:


They say if you want to be great, you should surround yourself with greatness. It looks like I’m in good company with friends who are winning awards all over the place. Make sure to congratulate them when you see them!

Waubgeshig Rice  from the CBC is the 2014 recipient of the Debwewin Citation for excellence in First Nation Storytelling


Waubegejig Rice Photo from Waub’s Twitter Account

Tony Belcourt won a Governor General’s Award!!


Tony Belcourt Photo from Canadians for a New Partnership Website

My mentor, visual artist and author Christi Belcourt is the 2014 recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s Aboriginal Arts Award. Here’s an article by the Canadian Art Magazine

Christi Beclourt

Christi Belcourt, photo from Indian Country Media Network

Dempsey Bob also won an Governor General’s Award

Dempsey Bob

Dempsey Bob Photo from The Epoch Times website

Congratulations to Norm Odjick from Kitigan Zibi Reserve for getting a spot on CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person that airs Sunday, September 28th at 8pm. Can’t wait to make this a part of my nightly Sunday evening routine for the next few weeks!


Lee Maracle for winning the Premier’s Award for Art in Ontario

Lee Maracle

Lee Maracle Photo from Casey the Canadian Librarian

Big applause also to Cheri Deimaline who won the Emerging Artist Award for Premier’s Award for Art in Ontario


Cherie Deimaline Photo from Theytus Books website

Tanya Tagaq recently won the Polaris Award! Amazing!

Tanya Tagaq Photo from Canadian Press

Tanya Tagaq Photo from Canadian Press

So all that! It’s been a great summer and so far, the fall is pretty awesome too. The October dates will be posted soon! Stay tuned.

Ekosi maka,

Jaime Koebel


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