25 Sep

Month of the Freezing Moon: Pimihamowi-pîsim (October news!)

Tâns’i n’totemtik (Hello friends!) I’m really making up for a lack of summer content here! I decided to jump right in to the events for October because…well, there is JUST SO MUCH HAPPENING! We are really very lucky to live in a place like Ottawa where Indigenous arts and culture thrives and jives its way right across the city. First up, there are some seriously deadly new walks coming up and I hope you can make it out for one. I might be biased but I think you’d be missing out if you didn’t get to catch at least one of these walks.

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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 Ministers had with Indigenous people in Canada and together we can search for hidden architecture of Indigenous imagery built right in to the Parliament buildings. Make sure to check the schedule regularily for updates. To register email jaime@indigenouswalks.com. We meet at the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill.

  • September 28 @ 5pm-7pm
  • October 12 @ 2pm-4pm
  • October 28 @ 5:30pm-7:30pm

Kostâciwin: A Scary Special

Join me for a unique tour filled with tales of life, death and just plain creepy stories that come from Indigenous peoples! It’ll be sure to leave your hair raised by the end of the tour! We will meet in the middle of Confederation Park at the Water Fountain. To register, email jaime@indigenouswalks.com. You can check the schedule for dates and times. We meet at the fountain in Confederation Park:

  • October 22 @ 7pm-9pm
  • October 25 @ 7pm-9pm
  • October 30 @ 7pm-9pm

Of course, there are also the walks for beginners that are always going to be available:

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. We meet at the Human Rights Monument.

  • October 7 @ 1pm-2pm FREE tour with the City of Ottawa
  • October 7 @ 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • October 10 @ 6pm-8pm

EVENTS

October 1Kimiwan Call for Submission Kimiwan

October 2 – Exhibition opening: Storytelling opens at the Ottawa School of Art Gallery Downtown Campus. The Ottawa School of Art Byward Market Campus is proud to present the group exhibition Storytelling, a selection of pieces featured in the 2nd edition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial. The exhibition takes place from September 25 to November 16 at the Ottawa School of Art’s Byward Market Gallery at 35 George Street, Ottawa. Reception: meet the artist takes place on Thursday, October 2 from 5pm to 8pm. All welcome! This group exhibition showcases the art works of Luke Parnell, Merritt Johnson, Tanis Maria S’eiltin, Nadia Myre, and Sonny Assu.

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Merritt Johnson, Coyote boy, 2011

October 3 – If you’re interested in a bit of travel, there’s a powerful dance being showcased in Montreal called “Unrelated” by Daina Ashbee. IF you can’t go, you should at least check out the provocative trailers.

October 4Beading with Barry Ace from 2-5pm at Gallery 101. Must register. Barry Ace - beading

October 5FSIS Grieving, Healing, Honouring Ceremony at Victoria Island from 5pm-8pm FSIS

October 5Readings by Vera Wabegijig at Venus Envy at 6:30pm

October 16 – Exhibition called “Shine a Light” opening at the National Gallery of Canada with several Indigenous artists including Rita LetendreJutai ToonooLawrence Paul YuxweluptunLuke ParnellShuvinai Ashoona. 6pm. 

October 16 – A talk presented by the Ottawa Chapter of the Ontario Archeological Society called “Inuit Communities and the Reclaiming of Archival Photographs”, by Carol Payne, Associate Professor of Art History, School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University Routhier Community Centre. 7:30 p.m. Free admission.

October 16 – Indigenous writers Waubgeshig Rice “Legacy” and Frank Busch “Grey-Eyes” have their book launch tonight at Wabano for 7pm.

October 17Book Launch for “Norval Morrisseau – Man changing Into Thunderbird” with Armand Garnett Rufo at Octopus Books from 7pm-9pm. Here’s a great article by Rabble.ca

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Armand Garnett Ruffo

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October 18Unveiling of a birchbark canoe at 10 am in the exhibit area of the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre. This canoe, made by Algonquin Elder William Commanda.

October 18 & 19 – Fall Rhapsody, Weekend 3: Anishinabe Nibin (Algonquin Summer) at Gatineau Park with Pinook from Kitigan Zibi.

October 18Artist Talk: Meet Haida/Nisga’a artist Luke Parnell at the National Gallery of Canada

October 18 – Art Exhibition Opening with Howard Adler & Vera Wabegijig at Venus Envy from 7:30pm-10:30pm

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Howard Adler

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Vera Wabegijig

October 20Wabano’s Community Harvest Feast. Turkey Dinner, community gathering and celebration of fall. 5-8pm.

October 22-26ImagineNATIVE festival is happening in Toronto!

October 22Curator’s Tour of Inuit Prints Japanese Inspiration at Carleton University Art Gallery. 7-8pm.

October 27 – Inuit Celebration at Wabano.

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October 28 – Wabano’s Fall Harvest Feast. 5:30pm-8:30pm. $200/ticket

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October 31First Nations Hallowe’en Ball at the Glue Pot Pub opens at 9:30pm Halloween As more community events come up, I’ll be sure to post them so keep checking back! The Month of the Freezing Moon is always full of surprises!

Ekosi maka (until the next time),

Jaime Koebel

Owner, Indigenous Walks

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!

At any time, to learn more information about the blog content, click on the highlighted coloured words.

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!

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Shady Hafez – Photo by Tonya Fawn

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

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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

To view more details on any of the following events, just click on the coloured words. Easy peasy.

INDIGENOUS EVENTS AROUND OTTAWA (SEPTEMBER)

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.

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

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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.

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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

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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

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

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

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Cover: Adrian Stimson, Beyond Redemption, 2010​

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

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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!

Questions

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:

AWARDS/RECOGNITION

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

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Waubegejig Rice Photo from Waub’s Twitter Account

Tony Belcourt won a Governor General’s Award!!

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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

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Christi Belcourt, photo from Indian Country Media Network

Dempsey Bob also won an Governor General’s Award

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Dempsey Bob Photo from The Epoch Times website

Also….
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!

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

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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

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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

Owner/Operator

Indigenous Walks

11 Jun

No excuses! Lots to do! June rocks.

Tâns’i n’totemitik!

This is a simple but beautiful little Neyihaw (Cree) greeting that I learned from my community in Lac La Biche located in Northern Alberta. It’s a pleasant way to ask someone how they’re doing without regard for your own feelings in the moment. It’s a genuine “Hello, how are you my friend?” If you end up on one of my tours, you’ll be sure to be greeted this way.

THE NEXT INDIGENOUS WALKING TOUR IS SET FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 12 at 5:30pm. We meet in front of the Human Rights Monument near City Hall at Elgin/Lisgar. If you haven’t gone on a walk yet – you really should! Send an email to register to: jaime@indigenouswalks.com – Book a tour for June 12th for a chance to win tickets to see Lara Kramer’s, “Native Girls Syndrome.” on Friday, June 13th as part of the Canada Dance Festival’s shows in Ottawa.

In this week’s blog, a big shout out goes to two groups who came on walks. One group was the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario, Centre for Addictions and Mental Health who were in town for a meeting but managed to gather about 15 participants together this past Monday evening to take a tour of downtown Ottawa. Janine and Ted, thanks so much for your help in creating awareness of Indigenous Walks to conference guests. Secondly, a big thank-you to a Martina for organizing the second walk which included inquisitive guests from Italy, China, Germany and of course, various parts of Canada. I’ve included some information on this blog about things we talked about along the walk. If I’m missing anything, give me a shout jaime@indigenouswalks.com and I’ll add it to the next blog.

When we stopped in front of the justice building we talked a bit about a book that I thought was really helpful in understanding Indigenous Justice. the name of the book is called, “Dancing with a Ghost” and it’s by Rupert Ross. He also has another interesting book called, “Return to the Teachings.” I highly recommend both.

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Also, for those walkers that didn’t get to see the Human Rights Monument this week, here’s a pretty thorough description of the monument. Click here.

Now, here’s a quick list of Indigenous events coming up in Ottawa:

June 11 – Aboriginal Professional’s Network BBQ. It’s happening at 5:30pm at the Heart & Crown in the market. If you’re looking at meeting Aboriginal people in business whether you are Aboriginal or not, this is a good place to be. This week, Gina Wilson is the main speaker.

June 13/14 – Indigenous Art Exhibition “The Land is our Teacher” with Simon Brascoupe, Jaime Koebel, Heather Campbell, Dean Ottawa, John Tenasco, Amanda Prairie Point

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Three Canadian Geese by Simon Brascoupe

Ink on Drums by Jaime Koebel

Ink on Drums by Jaime Koebel

June 13 – George Leech at Westfest

June 13 – “Native Girl Syndrome” by Cree/Ojibway Choreographer Lara Kramer brought to you by the Canada Dance Festival. Tickets are limited so get them fast. Another way to get tickets for this event is to book a tour for June 12 for chances to win them free

June 14 – LAST Electric Pow Wow with Deejay NDN, Bear Witness & DJ Shub at Babylon Nightclub.

June 14 – Shawana at Westfest

June 14 – “Native Girls Syndrome” panel discussion with Lara Kramer and Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Marie Wilson at 5pm at the Arts Court.

June 15 – A Tribe Called Red at Westfest 

June 18 – Iskwēwak Pasikowak: Indigenous Women Rising. A walk to take back treaty rights.

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June 18 – “Igniting the Spirit Gala Fundraiser” for Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. Special guest performances with Andrea Menard and choreographed dance piece by Jerry Longboat. Most beautiful Indigenous art ever! Get your tickets soon – it’s coming up quickly.

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June 18 – “Diggin Roots” at the National Arts Centre

June 19 – Cultural Showcase at the Canadian Museum of History celebrating Aboriginal Heritage

June 20 – “L.nuwelti’k (We Are Indian)“, an interactive performance by MiKMaq artist Ursula Johnson at the Carleton University Art Gallery. All are invited.

June 20 – 22 – Aboriginal Summer Solstice Events at Vincent Massey Park. The blog previous to this one has a more detailed outline of exactly what events are happening and what time they’re happening at Vincent Massey Park.

June 24 – Join my good friend, past co-worker & fellow Métis, Dr. Yvonne Boyer to celebrate the release of her book, Moving Aboriginal Health Forward: Discarding Canada’s Legal Barriers. Octopus Books 251 Bank Street, 2nd Floor, 7 pm and refreshments will be served and books available for purchase. Co-sponsored by Octopus Books and Purich. WAY TO GO YVONNE!!

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Book Launch on June 24

June 24 & 25 - Drum Social Celebrating Culture: Drum Social hosted by the National Native Addictions Partnership Program. Host Drum – WhiteTail Cree Singers, Featuring Haudenosaunee Social Singers Rhonda Doxtator and Aisha Printup. Come sing and sway the night away the old fashioned Native Way! All invited! Open to the Public!

OKAY! See, I told you there was so much to do in Ottawa! Now don’t forget, Indigenous Walks is a great way to learn about the Nation’s Capital. Whether you’re new to the city of you have lived here for awhile but think you don’t now enough about the Indigenous stories in the area – this is seriously the walk for you. It’s fun, educational and active – a good combination. Book a staff retreat, get together with friends or use this as a summer camp idea by emailing jaime@indigenouswalks.com

Hope to hear from you soon!

Ekosi maka (until the next time),

Jaime Koebel

Owner, Indigenous Walks

 

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!

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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,

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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.

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Men’s Traditional Dancer Gabriel Whiteduck

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Men’s Traditional Dancer, Ian Akiwenzie

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

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

 

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Men’s Traditional Dancer Jason Whitebear

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

DigginRoots

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!

JaimeK