Transcript: Ontario Hubs: Indigenous Walking Tours | Jul 05, 2019

A caption reads “Ontario Hubs: Indigenous walking tours.”

The caption changes to “Haley Lewis. Editor, Indigenous Hub.”

Haley is in her early thirties, with long slightly wavy brown hair and wears a denim jacket and long pendant earrings.

Haley says AS SOON AS YOU STEP FOOT
INTO THE NATION’S CAPITAL,
YOU CAN SEE PARLIAMENT HILL
AND VARIOUS MONUMENTS TO CANADA,
BUT WHAT CAN BE PRETTY HARD TO
SEE ARE TRACES OF THE CITY’S
INDIGENOUS HISTORY.
THAT’S WHERE JAIME MORSE COMES
IN WITH INDIGENOUS WALKS.

An online article appears with the title “Taking a walk through Indigenous history, by Haley Lewis.”

Haley says SHE STARTED THE WALKING TOUR
JUST OVER FIVE YEARS AGO,
AND WHILE IT ISN’T THE ONLY
PROGRAM OF ITS KIND IN CANADA,
IT IS SOME OF
THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE.
SHE HAS FOUR GUIDES
AND IS HIRING MORE.
SHE HAS FIVE DIFFERENT TOURS,
AND THEY RUN ALL YEAR LONG.
ON AN INDIGENOUS WALKING TOUR
YOU’RE NOT ONLY
TAKEN TO MONUMENTS THAT LITTER
THE CITY,
BUT YOU’RE SHOWN PARTS
OF THE CITY
THAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN ARE
RELATED TO INDIGENOUS HISTORY.

Pictures of the different places and monuments included in the tours appear.

Haley says TAKE A LOOK AT THE
LORD ELGIN HOTEL.
WHEN I TOOK A TOUR WITH JAIME,
SHE TOLD US
THAT IT WAS NAMED AFTER A FORMER
GOVERNOR-GENERAL TO CANADA,
WHO SENT A FORCE OF OVER
100 RIFLES TO SUPRESS A, QUOTE,
“INDIAN UPRISING.”
OR THE FAMOUS FIVE MONUMENT
ON PARLIAMENT HILL.
MOST OF US KNOW THE FAMOUS FIVE
FOR FIGHTING FOR WOMEN’S RIGHT
TO VOTE, BUT DID YOU
ALSO KNOW THAT THEY ENCOURAGED
THE FORCED STERILIZATION
OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN?
PROBABLY NOT. I DIDN’T.
MORSE ALSO POINTS OUT FACTS LIKE
THESE IN HOPES THAT
IT WILL HELP VISITORS
RE-EVALUATE THEIR VIEW.

The caption changes to “Haley Lewis. @haleylewis underscore.”

Haley says SHE SAYS IT’S IMPORTANT TO RUN
INDIGENOUS WALKING TOURS
IN OTTAWA BECAUSE OTTAWA HAS
ALWAYS BEEN A GATHERING PLACE
FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLE.
SHE ALSO SAYS THAT IT’S BECAUSE
PARLIAMENT HILL SITS
ON UN-CEDED, UN-SURRENDERED
ALGONQUIN TERRITORY.
AND THAT’S SOMETHING THAT’S
REALLY IMPORTANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE.
SO, IF YOU FIND YOURSELF
IN OTTAWA THIS SUMMER,
MAYBE CHECK OUT ONE
OF MORSE’S WALKING TOURS
FOR A DIFFERENT VIEW
OF CANADA’S HISTORY.

(music plays)

A slate appears with the caption “Ontario Hubs are made possible by: The Barry and Laurie Green Family Charitable Trust and Goldie Feldman.”

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