The stories here | Adsokàn Ondaje

What is now called the nation’s capital has been known by many for its rich history and recognizable monuments. But what stories have so far gone untold? What knowledge is embedded in the foundations of this territory? From Akikodjiwan to Kijik Pikwadin, and along the Kichizibi, a collection of moments both personal and historical examine deep connections recalled through song, poem and memory. 

Welcome and introduction

Sky Woman © Simon Brascoupé, Mohawk, Algonquin Anishinabeg

Walk around the areas highlighted on the map to listen to the stories on location. All you need is a device with you that can run the link in a browser (Internet connection required).

  • Akikodjiwan

    Chaudiere Bridge, facing the waterfalls, Ottawa, ON
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      Featuring Craig Commanda

    Accompanied by an original musical composition representing a soundscape of land and water, Craig Commanda preserves the words of Elder Albert Dumont, bringing the voice of Akikodjiwan to life.

  • Found

    Major’s Hill Park, overlooking Parliament Hill and the Ottawa River, Ottawa, ON
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      Featuring Larissa Desrosiers

    A remembering of a moment in history holds space for family members and survivors affected by the grief of MMIWG2S+.

  • In Honour of Her, A Loveletter to Aki

    The Gather-Ring, Portage Bridge, Ottawa, ON
    • Vocalist, performer Emily Marie Séguin

    Emily Marie Seguin’s live audio recordings taken from throughout the Ottawa downtown core create a dense composition, accompanied by memories from Jennifer Ferrante that recount a Mother and Daughter’s relationship to the territory and calls to the importance of the wellness of Aki.

  • I’ll Be Right By Your Side

    Parliament Hill, facing Centre Block, Ottawa, ON
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      Featuring Amanda Rheaume

    Singer/songwriter Amanda Rheaume is joined by Elder Annie Smith St Georges, and imagines Annie’s ancestor’s words through song: a past world of rich culture where the Centre Block now stands, and a bright future of continuous traditions. 

  • To Nozhem

    Richmond Landing, facing Victoria Island, Ottawa, ON
    • Featuring Alanis King

    A grandmother imagines a shared conversation with a future generation – and recounts the Seven Fires Prophecy, the history of Asinabka, and her place within its history. 

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