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.

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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.

 

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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

 

 

 

20 Apr

Jane’s Walk

Indigenous Walks is pleased to announce our very first walk in partnership with Jane’s Walks Ottawa! To participate in a FREE Indigenous Walks excursion during a weekend of getting to know Ottawa through walk and talks, visit Jane’s Walk Ottawa at http://janeswalk.herokuapp.com/walks/108

Jane’s Walk will be held in Ottawa and in cities around the world on the first weekend in May. There are many walks already scheduled, with more to come. Visit the schedule page for details on the walks for 2014.