No, it’s not a U.F.O

Ottawa 2017, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, would like to advise residents and visitors of advance technical lighting tests beginning this past Wednesday night and tonight (Friday night), from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. in the area of the Chaudière Falls.

The tests are in preparation for a new Signature Event and original concept by Ottawa 2017 called Mìwàte: Illumination of the Chaudière Falls.

Highlighting one of the region’s most impressive natural landmarks, this free ambient lighting display will launch in early October to celebrate and share Indigenous culture. Accompanied by a rich soundscape, the experience will evoke the culture of Indigenous people and in particular the Algonquin heritage of the region. In addition to the illumination, interpretation panels will share the story of the presence of Indigenous peoples in the region.

The name Mìwàte means “dazzled by a light or fire” in Anishinaabe, the language of the Algonquin people. Light will be used to amplify the energy that comes from the water.

This powerful tribute to Indigenous people is co-produced by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and world-renowned Canadian production company Moment Factory, in collaboration with the local First Nations, and in consultation with representatives from local Métis and Inuit communities.

Spectators will be able to view Mìwàte from the new public space overlooking the falls that is part of Hydro Ottawa’s Chaudière Falls expansion project.