An open door to reconciliation: inside Ottawa’s new Indigenous Peoples building – CBC

by ahnationtalk on November 19, 201962 Views

Part of the building is almost ready for a grand opening ⁠— if all partners can agree on how to move forward

Nov 18, 2019

Inside the ornate former U.S. embassy across from the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, a set of plain tools sits in a glass display case — knives for cutting and scraping hides, a stone oil lamp.

The tools are carefully made by hand and appear new. In a sense, that’s why they’re here. In a city filled with museums offering carefully curated glimpses of Canada’s past, 100 Wellington Street delivers something else — an encounter with the way Indigenous Peoples live and govern themselves now.

“I know the people who made these items. This isn’t from the history pages,” said Natan Obed, gesturing at the displays inside 100 Wellington Street’s public spaces. He’s president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the national representational organization of the Inuit.

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