About The People Behind The Walks
Jaime Morse (formerly 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.”
Tours available in: ENGLISH
**Currently Jaime is on maternity leave**
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Hunter is an Otipemisiwak/Nehiyaw/Kanienkehaka (Métis/Cree/Mohawk). She is an educator on Métis cultural and dances Métis jigging with the group Prairie Fire. They have performed for many prestigious events including the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Swearing-in Ceremony, Governor General Julie Payette’s Installation Ceremony and for Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill as well as during community events for Idle-No-More. Hunter is currently a high-school student at Canterbury High School in the Visual Arts Program. She is a talented visual artist exploring a variety of mediums and is interested in engineering, science, art and design. Hunter has been taking tours with her mother, Jaime Morse since 2014 and is also training to be the Bookings Manager for Indigenous Walks.
Tours Available in: ENGLISH & FRENCH
Jennifer is of Algonquin and Mohawk ancestry from Oka (Kanesatake) through her mother’ side and Mestizo (Southern Brazil) on her father’s side. She grew up predominantly with the stories, teachings, and influence of her maternal grandfather (Anishinaabe/Haunosaunee) and was very involved with their community. This spring she graduates from Heritage College’s Visual Arts Program and will be enrolled at UOttawa for a BA in History and intends to specialize in Canadian History with a minor in Indigenous studies and hopes to do museums work in the future. Jennifer acted as a Student representative for Heritage College’s “Indigenizing Project” which is a special project that aims to incorporate more Indigenous content in school curriculum and uphold the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s ‘Calls to Action.’ Jennifer has also organized events on Missing and Murdered Indigenous women in Canada. As an artist, Jennifer is an avid beader and enjoys documentaries, museum visits, storytelling, ghost stories, folklore and leaning about different cultures.
Tours available in: FRENCH, ENGLISH and SPANISH
Jennifer 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.
Tour available in: ENGLISH
Bio coming soon!
Jeff Copenace, 40 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.
Alanis originally hails from the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on beautiful Manitoulin 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!
Tours available in: ENGLISH
Awww…we are going to miss Lisa…she has “retired” from Indigenous Walks in October 2018
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