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!

19 May

May: Spring in the Capital

Welcome back to the Blog! It’s been a while, but there are lots of things happening around the city this spring!

We would also like to introduce our new guide Alanis King

Alanis originally hails from the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on beautiful 20150702_DSR_UCMR_D5D4233Manitoulin Island.  Alanis is a storyteller and playwright, 3 Plays, published by Fifth House was launched last fall.  She has written, directed and produced numerous plays for Anishnaabe theatre for more than 25 years.  She is an e-merit certified Heritage Interpreter and Tour Guide and a graduate of the Aboriginal Cultural Ambassador program here in Ottawa through Aboriginal Experiences.  Alanis is a past Artistic Director of Askiy Productions, Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company, Native Earth Performing Arts, Debajehmujig Theatre Group and currently Mazinaw Rocks Productions.  She has been a Guest Lecturer, Drama Teacher and performing arts program developer to numerous educational institutions in North America.  Alanis is the only female Aboriginal graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.  Alanis is a proud grandmother to Declan Zibi and is thrilled to join the Indigenous Walks team in Canada’s capital city!

(Photo Courtesy of Derek S. Rickert)

CUAG in Conversation: Barry Pottle and Amy Prouty                                          Tuesday May 17th at 6 p.m. at Carleton University Art Gallery, Barry Pottle a local Inuk artist from Nunatsiavut in Labrador (Rigolet), will be in conversation with Amy Prouty as a part of the Keeping Record: The Documentary Impulse in Inuit Art. They will be discussing how Inuit Art is a form of “memory art” as well as how it has played a role in the resilience of Inuit communities in the face of colonization.

I Lost My Talk– Rita Joe
On at the NAC this Thursday May 19th 2016.15-10-05-killbear-day5-156
I Lost My Talk  is based on a poem by Mi’kmaw elder and poet Rita Joe, in which she expresses the pain and suffering she experienced in the Schubenacadie Residential School. Her words also provided hope and perseverance, which is demonstrated by the Indigenous Youth within the show.
Visit http://nac-cna.ca/en/lifereflected/ilostmytalk for more information.

 Punctured LandscapePunctured Landscape– Ajagemo
What do you remember from history class? How much was left out?Punctured Landscape is a brand new exhibition that explores the social landscape of our country. Demonstrating that although impacted by colonization and other strifes the land still stands strong. The exhibit is located in Ajagemo Hall, at the Canada Council for the Arts building on Elgin and is on from now until October 2nd 2016.

John WayneJohn Wayne’s Teeth–Gallery 101
John Wayne’s Teeth is a Comedy Film Screening and Fundraiser which highlights Indigenous humour and is hosted by local comedian Darren Sutherland. Entrance is Pay What You Can with all proceeds going to  Asinabka Festival Programming.There is a cash bar and did we mention FREE BANNOCK.
The event is May 20th and begins at 7 p.m. with pre-screening bingo games at Gallery 101.

13062373_848396891954705_3223727663031667908_nAll That You Touch– Ottawa Art Gallery
Saturdays: February 27, March 19, April 23, May 28, 2 PM

Indigenous Walks Owner/Operator Jaime  will be providing the final tour in conjunction with the OAG’s exhibition “All That You Touch” on Saturday May 28th from 2-4 p.m.Meet in the OAG lobby, rain or shine. Join artist Jaime Koebel for a walking tour of Indigenous social, political and cultural spaces in downtown Ottawa.

Immediately following the tour there will  be a debrief/ talk with anyone who took the walks directly  at the OAG.  The tour is FREE with registration, only 30 spots available for this tour.
Contact bookings@indigenouswalks.com to register.

1391977_582179275180886_1669001983_nThe 40th Annual Odawa Traditional Pow Wow The weekend of May 28th-29th, Odawa’s Annual Traditional Pow Wow will take place at 200 Moodie Drive, Ottawa. Gates open at 10 a.m. and Grand Entry is at 12 p.m. both days. Admission is free, donations  will be graciously be accepted at the gate. This event is open to everybody, come explore Indigenous culture and dance with us.

2nd Mass Blanket Exercise–Ottawa
Tuesday evening, May 31st there will be a 2nd Mass Blanket Exercise held on Parliament Hill beginning at 5:30 p.m. This is an exercise held by the Assembly of 7 Generations, a group of Indigenous Youth who are seeking to change the way Indigenous Peoples are perceived in Canada.This is an interactive exercise that will walk you through colonisation from an Indigenous perspective.

Honouring of  Local Algonquin Communities
The City of Ottawa Cultural and Heritage Services Branch, in partnership with the Algonquin Anishinabe First Nation communities of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and The Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn, is pleased to invite you to the Flag Raising and Commemoration Unveiling Ceremony to honour the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Marion Dewar Plaza
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa City Hall
Please R.S.V.P. before Friday June 10, 2016: culture@ottawa.ca

BookIndigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Metis & Inuit Issues in Canada                  
This is a new book by Chelsea Vowel exploring issues like status/non-status/metis, and even debunking some myths about Indigenous cultures. Indigenous Writes will be available at the beginning of September and can be enjoyed by anyone wanting to learn about Indigenous cultures.




NAC Fall & Holiday Lineup
The National Arts Centre Fall Lineup includes some big Indigenous names, like Tanyatanya_tagaq_press_photo_credit_ivan_otis_web__large Tagaq who will be performing in November.
Visit the NAC’s website for more details.

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


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!!

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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.


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

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.

Aboriginal Justice

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


By Heather Campbell

Simon Brascoupe

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.


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.


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!!


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