June 22, 2018
Walk with Indigenous Elders
'Spirituality Is Unity' Walk
Kwey Kwey! You are invited to Spirituality Is Unity: Walk For Our Sacred Site, Akikodjiwan. Join Indigenous and settler faith leaders for a peaceful walk. We seek the return and restoration of our sacred site, Akikodjiwan / Asinabka / Chaudière Falls and Islands, to the Anishinabe (Algonquin).
- 10:00 AM - Victoria Island (Booth St. entrance)
- 10:30 AM - Ceremonies - Walk to the Hill
- 12:00 PM - Event at Parliament Hill with special guests
STOP THE MASSIVE CONDO DESTRUCTION
Akikodjiwan—the Chaudière Falls and the Albert, Chaudière and Victoria islands—is a sacred site for Anishinaabe and many Indigenous peoples. It was publicly promised to be returned to Indigenous Peoples for a natural sacred site and public forest by all levels of government. This sacred site is threatened by a massive 1.2B proposed condominium and retail village that would forever alter and block views to the heritage sites surrounding Parliament Hill. (It is the equivalent to blocking views of the Washington White House or Paris' Champ Elysées). Government endorses a corporate land grab over a vision to heal land and waters and promote religious freedom of the Anishinaabe in an era of reconciliation. The government of Canada is a co-developer in this condo village being built on an leased agreement (the developer does not own the land).
An e-petition was sparked this year by: Albert Dumont, Jane Chartrand, Shannon Chief, Monique Manatch, and Douglas Cardinal and is supported by MP Romeo Saganash.
The walk on June 22, 2018 is to remind the government of its promises and responsibilities towards Indigenous Peoples and to bring together all faiths in Ottawa to support the right of Indigenous Peoples to their sacred sites and ceremonies. For thousands of years, Akikodjiwan was a prominent sacred site that gathered Nations and visitors from as far as Mexico and Labrador.
Join us: walk with Indigenous Elders and Faith Leaders.
You are invited by Anishinabe (Algonquin) Elders: Jane Chartrand and Albert Dumont
“An attack on one faith’s sacred site is an attack on all our sacred sites.”
Elder Albert Dumont