On January 2nd I described a tour of various locations and monuments within the National Capital Region that are of particular significance or reference to the First Nations. Since then I have learnt of a few others, including one that eluded me on the first tour – the bronze sculpture of an Anishinabe Scout. Here is the route I biked to discover these additional locations.
Most of the route I followed was very safe and bike able, except for the few sections I have hi-lited in red on the map below. Hopefully these will be improved upon as the city and NCC move forward in their efforts to make our area safer for biking.
First I rode east toward 299 Montreal Road where stands the recently completed Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, designed by architect Douglas Cardinal who also designed the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau.
Second stop was a visit to the sculpture of the Anishinabe Scout at the northern tip of Majors Hill Park, tucked behind the small heritage stone building which houses Blink Gallery. The first image also shows the statue of Champlain in the distance up on Nepean Point. The sculpture was originally installed at the base of the plinth upon which Champlain stands but was relocated to its present site in 1996 at the request of Ovide Mercredi, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.
My final stop was along the Ottawa River Pathway, just east of Island Park Drive where this recently installed circular arrangement of stones is located. It is titled the Kitchissippi Medecine Wheel and is the work a fellow named Tim. UPDATE – Summer 2015: The installation is no longer there. Still a great spot to visit overlooking the Ottawa River.
This description of the piece is mounted to a wooden post just to the right of the wheel.