Sacred site in the city, paved for profit?
A visionary image of the sacred site with re-naturalized Chaudière Island and undammed waterfalls.
Note: This walk will go ahead with a modified route to accommodate the high water levels and the closure of the Chaudiere Bridge. The new route will respect designated danger zones along the riverbank.
In the Algonquin language (Anishinaabemowin), the waterfalls are known as Akikpautik, and the site including the land/islands as Akikodjiwan and/or Asinabka. Recently confirmed even by Western archaeology methodology as a particularly significant international gathering space for at least five millenia, the site has been the subject of a planned condominium and commerce development since 2013, despite a large opposition from Algonquin leadership and community members, along with other activists both Indigenous and settler.
This walk will bring together different parts of the stories to protect the islands and waterfront from this development. A special place in the walk will be given to the advocacy of recently-passed Wolf Lake Algonquin Chief Harry St. Denis.
Please sign up to attend this walk. If you'd like to ensure there are enough printed handouts for you to receive one, please send an RSVP email to Greg Macdougall if you are planning to attend. Registration will be accepted beginning April 30.
For some background on the situation with the sacred site and planned development, see EquitableEducation.ca/tag/chaudiere-falls
This walk will be repeated on Sunday, May 5, at 1:00 pm.