Indigenous Walks was launched in May 2014 and is an active, educational and fun way to learn about Indigenous Peoples’ experiences in Ottawa. This guided walk and talk provides a layer of knowledge of the Nation’s Capital through art, culture, history and landscape.
On the land of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Peoples called Turtle Island, this tour will guide participants through Indigenous social, political and cultural spaces. From the totem pole in Confederation Park to the Three Watchmen sculpture near Major’s Hill Park, you will get to know Ottawa like you have never known it before!
There are four different walks available including the Introductory Tour, Parliament Hill Tour, Indigenous Women Tour and the Very Scary Tour.
The Introductory tours begin at the Canadian Tribute to the Human Rights Monument in front of the Ottawa City Hall near Elgin/Lisgar.
Parliament Hill tours begin at the Centenial Flame on Parliament Hill.
The Very Scary Tour begins at the Aboriginal War Veteran’s Memorial on Elgin Street at Confedertaion Park.
Indigenous Women Tour: Start location tbd
Look out for free tours or pay what you can tours.
From time to time, Indigenous Walks participants will become special guests to generous hosts of this land through spot talks given by local Indigenous storytellers and knowledge keepers.
About Your Tour Guides
Jaime Koebel is the proud owner and operator of Indigenous Walks. She is a knowledgeable and experienced educator who will walk you through parts of downtown Ottawa and Parliament Hill to point out local landmarks and stories of interest from an Indigenous perspective. Throughout the spring, summer and fall, Jaime will be giving a variety of Indigenous Walks on a regular basis including the Introductory Tour, Parliament Hill Tour, Indigenous Women Tour and the Very Scary Tour. For more information about Indigenous Walks contact Jaime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jaime is an Apeetagosan/Nehiyaw (Métis/Cree) woman originally from Lac La Biche, Alberta living on unceded Anishinaabe Territory (Ottawa, ON) since 2000. She was motivated to do the walks for many reasons, however, her confidence to do the walk came from her time as an Educator at the National Gallery of Canada during the “Sakahàn – International Indigenous Art” exhibition in 2013 where she gave educational art tours through the lens of the Indigenous experience in Canada and around the world.
For more information about Jaime, please visit www.JaimeKoebel.com
Above Photo credit: Redworks Studio