Indigenous Peoples and the Capital

The Capital in 2067 will be known as a welcoming place for the Indigenous peoples of Canada and, most particularly, for the Algonquin Anishinabeg who host Canada’s seat of national government on their traditional territory.

It is expected that, by the time of Canada’s bicentennial, a strong
nation-to-nation partnership, built on mutual respect and trust, will be such that residents of the Capital and all Canadians will recognize and appreciate the fundamental importance of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation—with its rich history, language and culture—to the Capital Region and the Ottawa River watershed.

The Chaudières Falls, known in the Algonquin Anishinabeg language as Akikodjiwan or Kîshkâbikedjiwan, will be at once the source of renewable hydroelectric energy, contributing to the long-term environmental sustainability of the National Capital Region, as well as a place of memory for the Indigenous peoples who once congregated here on the shores and islands.

Key policy directions for the next 50 years

  1. The NCC will contribute to the recognition of Indigenous peoples in the toponymy of the region, as well as through national commemorations, such as a commemoration on Victoria Island.
  2. The NCC will help to strengthen Algonquin Anishinabeg cultural traditions through placemaking and partnerships that bring Algonquins to the forefront of life in Canada’s thriving and connected capital.
  3. The NCC will work closely with the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation to create and implement a master plan for Victoria Island that will envision a place of special significance for Indigenous peoples.
  4. The NCC will showcase Indigenous arts in the landscape and architecture of the Capital.
  5. The NCC will develop and apply ecological principles and land uses that conserve natural assets in the Capital in keeping with Indigenous traditions.