A summer view of the #OttawaRiver , including the #PortageBridge and #ChaudièreBridge , taken from behind the Library of Parliament. Further in the distance is the #PrinceOfWalesBridge , a #railway bridge built in 1880; it is west of the #LebretonFlats . #VictoriaIsland is in the centre-left. 🌉🌊🌉
"The history of the Ottawa River watershed is inseparable from the history of the Algonquin Nation. Though their territory was once considerably more extensive, the Algonquin heartland has always included the entire length of the Ottawa River, from its headwaters in north-central Quebec to its outlet near Montreal. At present, there are ten federally recognized Algonquin communities, with a total population of approximately 8-10,000. Nine of the #Algonquin communities are in Quebec. Proceeding from northwest to southeast, these are the Abitibiwinni, Timiskaming, Eagle Village (Kebaouek), Wolf Lake, Long Point (Winneway), Kitcisakik (Grand Lac), Lac Simon, Mitcikinabik Inik (Algonquins of Barriere Lake) and Kitigan Zibi (River Desert) First Nations. In Ontario, members of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan (at Golden Lake) First Nation make up the only recognized Algonquin community, though three other Ontario First Nation communities, Wahgoshig, Matachewan and Temagami, are of at least partially Algonquin descent.
"… In their own language, Algonquin people call themselves anishinabeg, which carries both the general meaning of “human being”, and the specific meaning of “real (i.e. Indian) people”. "
The #OttawaRiver at #dusk , looking west toward the #ChaudièreBridge from #PortageBridge . You could say this is where Ottawa was born. Long before Europeans had ever been here, #FirstNations had made these islands a major community space. This area of the Ottawa River remains especially sacred to #AlgonquinAnishinabe . Looking at the river’s flow in the evening, it is easy to see why, even with the accumulation of two centuries of industrial pollutants. I don’t have a hope of doing the pre-European history of this area justice here, but the origin of Ottawa’s name may be in reach…
"It might seem strange that the Kichi sipi, or “great river of the #Algonquins ”, is now known as the Ottawa River. But use of the latter name can be traced to the later seventeenth century. When Pierre Radisson passed the Calumet rapids in 1660, he was travelling with a large flotilla of canoes from the upper great lakes who were going down to Montreal to trade. Most were “Ottawak” (as Radisson called them) and other closely related groups. In the seventeenth century, the Odawa (Ottawa) occupied the arc of land between eastern Lake Huron, the Bruce Peninsula, the Manitoulin Island chain and the Straits of Mackinac. There are still large numbers of Odawa people living on Manitoulin Island and in northern Michigan to this day. It has generally been argued […] that the word #Odawa (Ottawa) is a contraction of the Huron word Ondatawwat, meaning “Cheveux Relevés” or “raised hairs”. […] However, it is also possible that Odawa is derived from atawe, the anishnabe word for trader. …"
Giant pigeons in Gatineau! This #sculpture is across #rueMontcalm from #TerrassesdelaChaudière , near #AlexandreTaché and beside #BreweryCreek . It used to be beside @canmushistory in Hull. 🐦🖼
“The Odyssey (in French only) by Cooke-Sasseville at parc Montcalm-Taché in Gatineau.”
“Don't be surprised if this summer you notice a giant soup can flanked by some oversized pigeons just around the corner from the Canadian Museum of History. You aren't seeing things: the colourful piece is #TheOdyssey , by artists #CookeSasseville . Come quickly to see it here before it takes flight to elsewhere in the Capital Region. It's just one of the fascinating public art installations that will enliven the Capital throughout the summer and continue until 2018.
“In collaboration with EXMURO arts publics, four large pieces-previously displayed as part of the Passages Insolites exhibition in Québec City in 2014 and 2015-will be installed at various locations: Laurier Street at the Portage Bridge and Laurier Street at the Alexandra Bridge in Gatineau; and in the Jeanne d'Arc and Clarendon courtyards in Ottawa.
“The thought-provoking pieces are part of the Art in the Capital program, which brings the Capital's urban core to life with dynamic Canadian art. Every one to three years, new and interesting sculptures and art installations invite residents and visitors alike to reflect, think, or simply enjoy the art.”
“The #WrightScottHouse is a very good example illustrating the theme of the construction of prestigious homes by middle-class families who had accumulated wealth, a phenomenon linked to the economic growth of the period. Its construction around 1875-1877 on part of what was formerly Philemon Wright’s farm coincides with the subdivision of the property and the start of residential development. The house was built by descendants of #PhilemonWright , who played a key role in the economic development of the region. It was built at a time when residential development was beginning west of Brewery Creek and the industrial sector was experiencing a second wind. Located on the edge of the residential neighbourhood in proximity to the industrial sector, the house represents the cornerstone of the growth of the area and is considered one of the finest specimens illustrating this turning point in the history of the local community.”
More views of the #TerrassesdelaChaudière complex in Gatineau. While today it is an unusual very large #brick building, the brick outside is scheduled to be replaced by glass — the mock-ups for its future covering that I’ve seen look very bland.
“The recladding is part of a larger plan to modernize the complex with lighter materials such as glass, potentially expand pedestrian access, and create a new commercial zone on #rueEddy .
“"[The current facade] is still pretty dark, pretty sombre. There's no great life that breaks out," said Provencher-Roy co-founder Claude Provencher in a French-language interview with Radio-Canada.
“The consortium will be working with Dillon Construction, which is developing the master plan for the site and the surrounding area, PSPC said.
“The recladding work is expected to get underway in the spring of 2019 and be completed by 2023, pending National Capital Commission approval of the master plan next summer.”