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!

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