Tour Guides

About The People Behind The Walks

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Jaime Koebel is the founder of Indigenous Walks. She is a Michif woman with Nehiyaw and German ancestry originally from Lac La Biche, Alberta living on unceded Anishinaabe Territory (Ottawa, ON) since 2000.

Jaime’s post-secondary background is in Canadian and Indigenous Studies as well as studying Art History from Carleton University. She has worked for several national and local Indigenous organizations and has taught Indigenous Studies at Carleton University and Algonquin College. She is currently employed at the National Gallery of Canada as an Educator for Indigenous Programs and Outreach.

In 2009, Jaime joined Canada’s Governor General on an official state visit to Guatemala, Costa Rica and Mexico. In 2015, Jaime was the recipient of the Emerging Indigenous Artist Award through the Ontario Arts Council, and joined Student’s on Ice for a 2 week expedition to Greenland and Nunavut as an on-board artist in residence. In 2017, she was the recipient for a citizen’s award in the Ottawa-West federal riding and curated her first exhibition at the Karsh-Masson Gallery called: “Wapikwanew: Blossom.”

jaime@indigenouswalks.com | (613) 290-8597

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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!

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JEFF COPENACE

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Jeff Copenace, 39 years old is an Anishinaabe citizen from the Ojibways of the Onigaming First Nation of Grand Council Treaty #3. Jeff is a graduate of Carleton University. He formerly served as an adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Rt Honourable Paul Martin and as Deputy Chief of Staff to Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo. Jeff is an advocate for reconciliation and raising awareness of the tragic legacy of Canada’s residential schools and continues to speak publicly about his family’s experience.

Jeff Copenace, 39 years old is an Anishinaabe citizen from the Ojibways of the Onigaming First Nation of Grand Council Treaty #3. Jeff is a graduate of Carleton University. He formerly served as an adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Rt Honourable Paul Martin and as Deputy Chief of Staff to Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo. Jeff is an advocate for reconciliation and raising awareness of the tragic legacy of Canada’s residential schools and continues to speak publicly about his family’s experience.

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JENNIFER DAVID

Jennifer David - bioJennifer David (Chapleau Cree First Nation), a skilled and exerienced communicator, project manager, planner and facilitator, is committed to  creating and portraying an accurate and positive narrative of Indigenous people in Canada.  She’s also an avid reader of Indigenous literature, and loves to play basketball (though never at the same time). Jennifer loves leading these tours and has learned a lot from the people she interacts with. She is also proud to share her knowledge and the fun facts and stories about the Indigenous history, monuments and art in our nation’s capital.

For 2016-2017, Jennifer is President of the NVision Board of Directors.

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LISA ABEL

Awww…we are going to miss Lisa…she is “retiring” from Indigenous Walks this October :(

 

For private tours, bookings@indigenouswalks.com

If you would like to be a tour guide for Indigenous Walks, please send a letter of interesting to: jaime@indigenouswalks.com

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