The Algonquin communities of Pikwakanagan and Kitigan Zibi have been instrumental in shaping the design of the new OPL-LAC Joint Facility. Read below on how their input and feedback will be incorporated into the design and layout of the OPL-LAC Joint Facility.

Algonquin Territory Recognition

The east entrance to the facility on Albert Street will acknowledge that the building sits on the traditional territory of the Algonquin people. The plaque will feature a wayfinding wheel with symbols and animal of significance to the Algonquin people, designed by local artist Simon Brascoupé for the City of Ottawa.

Entrance Welcome in Algonquin Dialects

When entering the building at the Albert Street entrance visitors will be welcomed with an audio recording of Algonquin dialects as a way to honour and preserve the language. ​

Engagement with Algonquin host nations will continue to develop this project.


Example: University of Toronto Libraries

Wigwam Features

Wigwams were traditional housing for Algonquin peoples. They evoke home, warmth and community​.

A round room on the second level, designed as a contemporary rendition of a traditional wigwam will be a space for meetings and functions.

It will be space where Indigenous peoples feel welcome and see themselves reflected in the space through the design, displays and artwork by Indigenous artists.

Engagement with Algonquin host nation will continue to develop this project.

Indigenous Space
Design Rendering, Diamond Schmitt Architects

Algonquin Educational Video

A short educational film on Algonquin culture and history will be commissioned and displayed for viewing at the facility. Community members and filmmakers will collaborate to celebrate the Algonquin story.

Engagement with Algonquin host nations will continue to develop this project.


Example: nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, by award-winning Cree Filmmaker Tasha Hubbard

Colors and polar orientation

Polar orientation and associated colouring have important history for Algonquin peoples. These will be featured in the wayfinding wheel at the Albert Street Entrance as mentioned above.

Simon Brascoupé,  Algonquin Territory Wayfinding Wheel

Warmth and Vibrancy in Central Gathering Space

Algonquin community members directed the Architects to design an interior atrium space that is a warm and inviting, not “white and sterile.”

As such the design of the atrium will feature warmth in the wood paneling balustrades of the stairs and balconies. Furniture and design elements will be chosen to reflect this comment and public art will be featured prominently in the space.


Design Rendering, Diamond Schmitt Architects

Showcase Oral Storytelling

Oral history listening stations at the library will include stories and teachings of Algonquin and Indigenous oral traditions. Community members, elders and knowledge keepers will be invited to collaborate in the oral history project.

Engagement with Algonquin host nations and Indigenous communities will continue to develop this project.


Example: State Historical Society of North Dakota

Landscape

The landscape surrounding the Joint Facility, and specifically at the exterior indigenous garden area, will include native plants and trees that have traditional significance for Algonquin communities.

A Gathering Circle will be part of the landscape surrounding the Joint Facility.​

Landscape Architects PFS Studio will include native plants and trees of local significance in the landscaping. In addition, special gathering places have been designed on the exterior plaza and a terrace on level 2.

Planting Strategies, PFS Studio

Indigenous Art

The Public Art Program has contracted an Art Curator of Indigenous Art who is developing an art program that will include artwork by Algonquin Indigenous artists in the building and/or landscape.​

Details on the Art Program will soon be announced.