I took these shots one day in late October on Victoria Island, which sits in the midst of the Ottawa River upstream from Parliament Hill. The Kabeshinan Minitig Pavilion took up these two older buildings on the island this past summer as part of Canada 150. The house and its stone annex have their origins in the 1850s with the Bronson family, which ran mills here on the islands around the Chaudiere Falls. These buildings date to after the Great Fire of 1900, which heavily damaged the original buildings. The property was donated to the National Capital Commission by the family, and serves as a headquarters to the First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres. The annex was displaying archaeological artifacts, art, and information on the Algonquin peoples. I first came here while coming home from the Miwate event one night, after noticing a sign there about this place. I decided to come back to photograph the buildings in daylight.
People have been in the Ottawa Valley for thousands of years, since the end of the last Ice Age. Some of their relics have been uncovered over time, and are displayed in partnership with the Algonquins of the Pikwakanagan First Nation, who reside in the upper Ottawa Valley. This was also the group who partnered in the Miwate event. These are standard tools used by their ancestors such as knives, scrapers, or awls. Other pieces, such as the pottery, are contemporary reproductions by an artist to understand the techniques of early pottery.
A good deal of the art here was for sale as well.
The collection in this space also included this traditional Algonquin birchbark canoe.
I think it's a good use of the buildings. I find that the blend of First Nations creativity and industrial era architecture in this stone annex actually works quite well. We'll see what comes of this space in the spring, as to if this collection comes back or if a different First Nations related exhibition comes in for the season, but I think the idea of using this space in partnership is a good one.