29 Jun

OMC We’ve Updated!

OMC – Oh My Creator! We have finally updated our site information a little bit! Please look around and check it out. It’s a little more concise and clear now. If you have any questions that couldn’t be answered on the website, please email jaime@indigenouswalks.com for more information or call: (613) 290-8597.

We also wanted you to know that we have been very active on social media so check us out there too. You’ll also find cool things to do in the Indigenous community in Ottawa too!

IG & Twitter: @IndigenousWalks

Facebook: Indigenous Walking Tours

Hope you get a chance to “Walk the Moccs”

We’ll post more soon!

Book a Tour 



25 Oct

Fall Stuff!

Indigenous Hallowe'en Party


Hasan Water Runner

Talent Show Call Out Talent Show



Aboriginal Veterans Remembrance Day

Date: Saturday Nov 11, 2017

Time: Commencing at 10 a.m.

Place : National Aboriginal Veterans Monument, Confederation Park, Ottawa (Elgin Street)


erin      Erin Corston

Join the Indigenous Professional’s Network with Erin Corston who is the Executive Director for the National Association of Friendship Centres!

ROOM: 73, Clarence Street, Byward Market, Ottawa
DATE: Thursday Nov 2, 17
TIME: Starting at 5:30 pm

Our Round Table Guest

Erin Corston

Born and raised in Treaty 9 Territory, Erin is an active member the Chapleau Cree First Nation (CCFN) located in Northeastern Ontario.

Erin has dedicated her professional career to Indigenous issues and is a passionate advocate for Indigenous women’s equality rights and ending violence against women and girls. She has a background in environment and public health and specializes in Research and Policy Analysis, and Program Management and Administration.

Erin’s professional experience includes her current role as Executive Director at the National Association of Friendship Centres. She worked with the Federal Government for over 10-years before shifting her career to work with a variety of National Indigenous Organizations including the Native Women’s Association of Canada, and the Assembly of First Nations.

Erin’s work over the last fifteen years has focused on issues related to the social determinants of Indigenous peoples’ health. Her contribution to the advancement of Indigenous issues includes the development of culturally relevant gender based analysis tools to highlight the differential impacts of colonization on Indigenous peoples, families, and communities.




She Wants an Output: A Herstory of Punk in Ottawa

She Wants an Output looks back at the history of the 1980s punk music scene in Ottawa, through the work of two women who were involved in it: Mary Anne Barkhouse and Julia Pine. The exhibition captures the vibrant, activist spirit of the local punk scene, through artwork by Barkhouse and zines, flyers and other ephemera from Pine’s collection.

Exhibition opening and panel discussion in the MacOdrum Library, 5 October, 6:00 p.m.
Please join us for an opening reception in the Alumni Association Reading Room at the MacOdrum Library on campus. A panel discussion will follow at 7:00 p.m., with artist and musician Mary Anne Barkhouse, musician and arts administrator Keltie Duncan, and writer and curator Julia Pine.

Punk show at Oliver’s Pub, 6 October, 8:00 p.m.
Please join us for a punk show at Oliver’s Pub in the Unicentre on campus, featuring Bonnie Doon (Ottawa), Steve Bates and jake moore (Montreal) and DJ Jas Nasty (Ottawa). The show is co-hosted by Michael Davidge and Mary Anne Barkhouse. ID required / Ages 19+

Admission to both events is free and everyone is welcome!

Photo by Patrick Lacasse of Pelage II (1999) by Mary Anne Barkhouse, mixed media, courtesy of the artist



Gallery 101 invites you to visit

Language of Puncture

Curated by Joi T. Arcand

Alicia Reyes McNamara (Chicana-USA/UK)
Amy Malbeuf (Métis-Rich Lake, AB)
Audrey Dreaver (Cree-Regina, SK)
Ogimaa Mikana (Anishinaabe / Chimnissing / Couchiching)
Rolande Souliere (Anishinaabe-AUS)
Whess Harman (Carrier-Vancouver, BC)

Until October 28, 2017

Language of Puncture is an exhibition curated by visual artist Joi T. Arcand (néhiyaw/Muskeg Lake Cree Nation/based in Ottawa, ON). Arcand’s project brings together a group of Indigenous artists working with the material qualities of language, words and text within their varied practices. G101 and Arcand want to express our special thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for the Curatorial Projects funding, Michelle Lavallee for her mentorship and to the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective for thier support with the roundtable.

Gallery hours:
Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm

Gallery 101 gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council (an agency of the government of Ontario), and the Canada Council for the Arts. Gallery 101 thanks the Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival, our members, volunteers, partners, and all our relations.
La Galerie 101 vous invite à visiter

Langage de percement

Exposition organisée par Joi T. Arcand
Alicia Reyes McNamara (Chicana-É.-U./R.-U.)
Amy Malbeuf (Métisse-Rich Lake Alb.)
Audrey Dreaver (Crie-Regina, Sask.)
Ogimaa Mikana (Anishinaabe/Chimnissing/Couchiching)
Rolande Souliere (Anishinaabe-AUS)
Whess Harman (Carrier-Vancouver, C.-B.)
Jusqu’au 28 octobre 2017

Language of Puncture (Langage de percement) est une exposition organisée par l’artiste visuelle Joi T. Arcand (Néhiyaw/nation crie de Muskeg Lake/basée à Ottawa, Ont.). Arcand rassemble dans son projet un groupe d’artistes autochtones qui utilisent dans leurs pratiques diversifiées les particularités matérielles du langage, des mots et du texte. G101 et Arcand tiennent à remercier tout spécialement le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario et le financement obtenu de son programme de commissariat, Michelle LaVallee pour son mentorat et le Collectif des commissaires autochtones pour leur appui dans l’organisation de la table ronde.
Heures d’ouverture :
mardi au samedi, 10 h à 17 h

Galerie 101 remercie sincèrement la ville d’Ottawa, le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario (un organisme du gouvernement de l’Ontario) et le Conseil des arts du Canada pour leur soutien financier. La Galerie 101 remercie
Asinabka : Film & Media Arts Festival, ses membres, bénévoles, partenaires et toutes ses relations.


Whale in the Door: A Community Unites to Protect the Howe Sound // Pauline Le Bel
For thousands of years, Howe Sound, an inlet in the Salish Sea provided abundant food, shelter, and stories, for the Squamish Nation. After a century of contamination from resource extraction, the Sound contained many biologically dead zones. But major efforts by the Squamish Nation, governments, and industry has produced dramatic returns of flora and fauna. Whale in the Door invites readers into a story of biological resilience as a community struggles to shape a vision for its future.





Illumination of Chaudière Falls

October 6 – November 5

Mìwàte is surpassing expectations in terms of attendance. Please expect 15-20 minutes to start the experience during peak periods. We recommend seeing it on off-peak times, such as week nights.

Discover one of our most important landmarks and immerse yourself in First Nations culture through a vivid display of colourful lights that will elevate the natural beauty of the magnificent Chaudière Falls.

In fall 2017, a dynamic lighting display will illuminate the falls. Accompanied by a rich soundscape, the experience will evoke the culture of Indigenous people and in particular the Algonquin heritage of the region. In addition to the illumination, interpretation panels will share the story of the presence of Indigenous peoples in the region.

The name Mìwàte means “dazzled by a light or fire” in Anishinaabe, the language of the Algonquin people. Light will be used to amplify the energy that comes from the water.



28 Jun

A quick little summer update 2017

We’ve had a record amount of tours this June with 25 walks all together. Thanks to a number of organizations like Welcoming Week Ottawa and partnerships with the City of Ottawa, we were able to provide free walks to the public. This year we welcomed a new guide whose name is Summer Twenish. She a young ambitious Anishnabe woman from Kitigan Zibi and has a very unique perspective in her Indigenous Walks perspective. Read more about her in our “Guides” section of Indigenous Walks website!

NEW GUIDE! SUMMER TWENISH, Anishnabe from Kitigan Zibi

Summer Twensih


Around Ottawa there are an amazing number of things that we just can’t keep up with! Right now at the Karsh-Masson Gallery, the flower exhibition called, Wapikwanew: Blossom features 8 artists whose relationship with flowers is a source of inspiration. Some are connected through flowers because of their relationship to the land, and others because of their sheer beauty and elegance. Artist include Christi Belcourt, Barry Ace, David White Deer Charette, Kelly Duquette, Florence Yee, Nathalie Mantha and Myrosia Humeniuk. There are several activities including a joint Indigenous Walks tour.


Family, 2011 by Christi Belcourt on loan from the collection of Jaime Koebel


Artist Talk 1



Barry and NAthalie

MUST REGISTER! INDIGENOUS ART WALKING TOUR: Central Art Garage, Galerie SAW Gallery, Karsh-Masson Gallery

WHERE: Beginning at Central Art Garage (66 B Lebreton St North – the rear garage) and ending at Galerie SAW Gallery’s satellite space (2 Daly Ave)
WHEN: Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 1PM -4PM
TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/indigenous-art-walking-tour-tickets-35265657531?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

At the City Hall right now, there are also beautiful squares up that make the Quilt of Belonging. The amount of work that they’ve put in to the Indigenous squares is phenomenal. The exhibition is up until 5 July 2017

If there is anyone interested in taking a FREE online Indigenous studies course with Tracy Bear and Paul Gareau sign up here (you can also get credit but that costs $oniyaw:


We’ll  keep trying to update the blog but here’s the short for now!

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.

NEW WALKS Indigenous Walks Logo (T)

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


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.


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


Armand Garnett Ruffo


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


Howard Adler


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.


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


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!

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!!

Tour Groups youthcanslam

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.


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


Indigenous Walks