On National Indigenous Peoples Day last week, Mayor Jim Watson announced that the flags of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council will be permanently raised at Ottawa City Hall. Effective now, the flags will fly at Marion Dewar Plaza and will be permanently displayed in Council Chambers and in the Mayor’s boardroom.
The raising of the flags is another milestone in the City’s reconciliation efforts with Indigenous peoples. In February, Council approved a Reconciliation Action Plan to redress the legacy of residential schools in Canada.
The City’s reconciliation efforts include:
- Developing a Reconciliation Action Plan, adopted by Council on February 28, 2018
- Drafting a Statement of Reconciliation, adopted by Council on March 28, 2018
- Working closely with Indigenous partners and working groups
- Holding staff events to broaden knowledge of Indigenous peoples and communities
- Unveiling an outdoor commemorative artwork designed by Anishinabe artist Dean Ottawa, of Kitigan Zibi. The piece consists of an artistic plaque attached to a large stone, which was selected and moved from Pikwakanagan to City Hall
- Establishing the Aboriginal Working Committee, made up of members of the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition, City departments, Ottawa Police Service, the United Way, the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, Crime Prevention Ottawa, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board.
- Development of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation Civic Cultural Protocol in full collaboration with Algonquin Anishinabe communites
- Respectfully acquiring art from Indigenous artists into the City of Ottawa Art Collection and featuring it in high profile locations such as the City’s new Light Rail Transit station.
Find out more about the City’s Reconciliation Action Plan at ottawa.ca.