Indigenous Walks is a walk and talk through downtown Ottawa exploring landscape, architecture, art and monuments through an Indigenous perspective.
On the land of the Anishinabe Peoples called Turtle Island, the tours will guide participants on various walks through Ottawa’s public spaces.
You’ll get to know Ottawa like you have never known it before!
There are 5 different walks available, They are:
Main Tour (Elgin Street, Canadian Tribute to Human Rights Monument, City Hall, Marion Dewar Plaza, Confederation Park). This tour begins at 150 Elgin Street, Performance Court, Âjagemô Space. This tour will provide insights into some of the marked and unmarked Indigenous sites along this path and give a general knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit along the way including terminology. This is our most popular tour.
Parliament Hill Tour (On and around the grounds of Parliament Hill). This tour begins at the National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street entrance. This tour is an overview of the monuments, landmarks and landscape of and around Parliament Hill. This tour is ideal for those who have already taken the Main Tour. This tour is mostly a historic, current events and political tour from an Indigenous perspective.
Lansdowne Park Tour (All around Lansdowne Park Grounds). This tour begins at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park and gives an overview of the design of the park with Anishnabe input from the interlocked bricks on the ground to the two medicine circles in the park. This tour is geared toward culture and plants from the land.
Bytown Tour (Throughout the main downtown part of Ottawa known as the Bytown). This tour begins at the Bytown Market Square and explores the Bytown sculptures, murals, historic sites and artworks. This tour is geared towards understanding Indigenous people and the arts.
Pindigen Park and Victoria Island (This tour starts at the War Museum lobby, goes to Pindigen Park and ends at Victoria Island). This tour takes a look at historic sites, built heritage and landscape (natural and built). This tour is geared toward understanding Indigenous people and the land. **Due to the flooding at Victoria Island, this tour is not available this year**
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your group tour.
Sometimes we have FREE walks so check out the schedule and put your cursor over the date you’re interested to see more details about the walk. Make sure to register for those ones because spots fill up quickly!
Indigenous Walks will sometimes provide participants with special guests to give “Spot Talks” which is a 5-10 minute talk given by local Indigenous people.