Indigenous Walks — Victoria Island

Image:  Aerial view of Victoria Island.

Join Ojibway playwright Alanis King on a tour of Pindigen Park and Victoria Island from an Indigenous perspective.  Both Pindigen Park and Victoria Island are located in unceded Algonquin territory near Lebreton Flats and the Ottawa River. 

Pindigen Park was created through a collaboration of the NCC, the local Anishinabe communities of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan.  The site was designed as a romantic public green space, with bold and dynamic land forms suggestive of movement through the landscape.  ’Pindigen’’ is an invitation to everyone.  It means “Come on in! All are welcome here!”

Victoria Island is an island in the Ottawa River accessible from the Chaudière Bridge. Victoria Island and two nearby islands in the Ottawa have been used by First Nations people for centuries as a centre for trading and for spiritual and cultural exchange.  Its location at the convergence of three rivers (the Ottawa, the Gatineau, and the Rideau Rivers) and its position overlooking fast-moving water gave it a special meaning. 

Sign-up required! 

Registration for this walk is full, and we have a waiting list.  We apologize for any disappointment, but please be aware that this walk is available directly from Indigenous Walks.

You must sign up to attend this walk.  There is a limit of twenty people for this walk.  If you would like to attend, send a request to Jane indicating that you would like to attend, and the names of the individuals in your group.  (Note:  If an email message does not appear when you click on 'Jane,' you can right click and copy the email address to paste into an email message manually).


Meet in the lobby of the War Museum.  From there, we will walk to the new Pindagen Park, on the southeast corner of the Sir John A Macdonald Parkway and Booth St., and from there we will walk north onto the Chaudiere Bridge to access Victoria Island.

Click here to find out more about Pindigen Park and Victoria Island.
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About the walk leader

Alanis King grew up surrounded by music, dance, and storytelling in her home community at the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island.  She turned to drama early both as a way to express herself and to explore the rich heritage of her community. 

Alanis is the first Aboriginal woman to graduate from the National Theatre School of Canada. She is a past Artistic Director of the Debajehmujig Theatre Group and the Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto.  King has produced, toured, directed, and developed a wide range of plays in many First Nation communities across North America.  Her plays include Manitoulin Incident, Bye Bye Beneshe, Song of Hiawatha: An Anishnaabec Adaptation, Order of Good Cheer, Gegwah, Lovechild, Artshow, and Heartdwellers.  Find out more here.  


Alanis King

Date:Sat May 5, 2018
Time:12:00 PM
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English
Start:Canadian War Museum Lobby
End:Victoria Island
Area:LaBreton Flats
Distance:1.0 km

The walk will follow city sidewalks, as well as paved and unpaved pathways.

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