Pindigen Park celebrates Indigenous culture and heritage
The National Capital Commission has opened a new park at LeBreton Flats that celebrates Indigenous culture and heritage.
Called Pindigen Park, it’s located next to the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway at the southeast corner of Wellington and Booth streets.
Pindigen means “come on in, all are welcome here”. It includes interpretive elements, public art, and a horticultural design in a low-maintenance setting.
The park was opened on June 20. The one-hectare site includes interpretive panels with text in Algonquin, English, and French, and features colourful illustrations depicting the Anishinaabe interacting with land, water, air, and people. For the Anishinaabe, living well means finding balance between those four elements. There are also large steel animal silhouettes of a moose, black bear, river otter, eagle, and turtle. The panel illustrations were created by Sylvia Tennisco and the animal representations are based on artwork by Tony Amikons. Both artists live in the Pikwakanagan First Nation community.
The park was created in partnership with the Anishinaabe First Nation communities of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan, and with the support of Canadian Heritage.
The concept for the park was developed through public consultation with councillors and members of both Algonquin communities.
“On behalf of the members of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, I am pleased to be a part of the opening of Pindigen Park here at LeBreton Flats. We are happy to have worked co-operatively with the National Capital Commission and with the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg on this project, which illustrates the very important principle of people living in harmony with the land, air, and water,” said Kirby Whiteduck, Chief of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, in a statement.
“Pindigen Park will foster a deeper understanding of Anishinaabe culture and values and the historic presence of the Algonquins in the Capital region. The NCC was proud to partner with the Algonquin communities of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and Pikwakanagan on the creation of this new public space at the gateway of LeBreton Flats,” added Mark Kristmanson, chief executive officer of the NCC.
Article written on the Ottawa Community News Website. Link to the original article here.