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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
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 1 – Kimiwan Call for Submission
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 4 – Beading with Barry Ace from 2-5pm at Gallery 101. Must register.
October 5 – FSIS Grieving, Healing, Honouring Ceremony at Victoria Island from 5pm-8pm
October 5 – Readings 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 Letendre, Jutai Toonoo, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Luke Parnell & Shuvinai 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 17 – Book 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 18 – Unveiling 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 18 – Artist 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
October 20 – Wabano’s Community Harvest Feast. Turkey Dinner, community gathering and celebration of fall. 5-8pm.
October 22-26 – ImagineNATIVE festival is happening in Toronto!
October 22 – Curator’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 31 – First Nations Hallowe’en Ball at the Glue Pot Pub opens at 9:30pm 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),
Owner, Indigenous Walks