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Douglas Cardinal lecture—A Vision for the Sacred Islands in the Ottawa River

April 21, 2016
Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

Douglas Cardinal

A Centre for Peace: A Vision for the Sacred Islands in the Ottawa River.


When: Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: 303 Paterson Hall, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive

Cardinal’s presentation concerns the islands at the heart of the capital around the Chaudière Falls just upstream from Parliament. Carrying forward the vision of revered Algonquin Elder William Commanda, Cardinal has designed a centre for peace and a centre for Indigenous peoples combined with public parkland. His design acknowledges the status of the falls and area, known in Indigenous languages as Asinabka and Akikodjiwan, as a sacred site.

Cardinal’s iconic buildings include the Canadian Museum of History in our capital and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. He pursued architectural studies at the University of British Columbia and received his architectural degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He became a forerunner of sustainability philosophies, green building, and ecologically designed community planning. Holder of innumerable awards, Cardinal has also received 18 honorary doctorates and is an officer of the Order of Canada.

The Mahatma Gandhi Peace Council of Ottawa and Carleton University’s College of the Humanities sponsor this event.

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