Wateridge Village (formerly known as CFB Rockcliffe)
The Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) and Canada Lands Company CLC Limited (CLC) are seeking input from Algonquin community members on a number of commemorative elements proposed for Wateridge Village.
Please see the Commemoration Brochure for further details!
The site of the former Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Rockcliffe, now known as Wateridge Village, is located in the heart of unceded Algonquin Traditional Territory. In 2010, the AOO and CLC entered into an exciting and innovative Participation Agreement for the redevelopment of the former CFB Rockcliffe in Ottawa. This Participation Agreement establishes a direct financial interest for the AOO in the development of one of the most desirable and valuable parcels of land in Canada. Specifically, the Participation Agreement provides opportunities for cooperation between the CLC and the AOO including:
- Commemoration of the history and connection of the Algonquin people with the site
- Algonquins of Ontario engagement in all stages of the concept development, land use planning and detailed design
- The opportunity for the Algonquins of Ontario to acquire a defined amount of lots or blocks under the municipally-approved plan
The AOO and CLC have established the Consultation Working Group to act as a bridge between the two parties throughout the implementation of the Participation Agreement. This Working Group is composed of equal representation from the AOO and CLC and meets as frequently as agreed to. It provides a forum for discussion, information sharing and consultation.
CLC and the AOO also worked together during the following events to explore and understand Algonquin heritage and legacy commemoration opportunities on the Wateridge Village site:
- March 23-24, 2011: Elders Circle in Pembroke
- April 12, 2013: Elders Circle in Pembroke
- July 26, 2013: Algonquin Nation Gathering in Bancroft
- September 25-26, 2013: Elders Circle Guided Bus Tour in Ottawa
- March 9, 2015: Talking Circle in Pembroke
- Several AOO/CLC Consultation Working Group Meetings
Lashley + Associates Landscape Architecture were engaged by CLC to develop concepts based on what was heard at these events. A commemoration program has been developed for Wateridge Village for the consideration of Algonquin community members.
As a component of this program, commemorative street naming will be included throughout the various phases of the redevelopment. As part of Phase 1, the following commemorative street names related to the Algonquin presence were approved:
- Chemin Wanaki Road: Algonquin for ‘at peace’
- Chemin Mikinak Road: Algonquin for ‘turtle’
- Rue Moses Tennisco Street: Algonquin military veteran who died in action in the early part of 1917 and was laid to rest in the United Kingdom
- Rue Michael Stoqua Street: Algonquin military veteran who served in WWI for two years before he died in France on April 15, 1917. His mother Jennie Stoqua received two tokens of recognition: a memorial plaque and memorial cross
Given the history of the Wateridge Village site as both unceded Algonquin Traditional Territory and a former military base as well as its future as a new community, the objective of the gateway entrance feature is to provide a subtle depiction of the site’s heritage and direction of the redevelopment. This concept also incorporates materials and forms that signal arrival into the site and blend both Algonquin and military commemoration.
Algonquin Commemorative Parks Conceprs
Three Algonquin Commemorative Park concepts have been developed by Lashley + Associates Landscape Architecture. Once these concepts are approved by the AOO and the City of Ottawa and the parks are built by CLC, they will ultimately be owned and operated by the City of Ottawa.
The proposed names of the three parks are as follows:
- Parc Kishkabika Park: Algonquin for “rock cliff”, as this park is situated at the northern escarpment of the site
- Parc Mieshimin Park: Algonquin for “acorn of white oak”, chosen to reference the three mature Bur Oaks in the Park
- Parc Tanakiwin Park (Northeast Woods): Algonquin for “our homeland”
The plant materials to be used in these parks include a variety of trees, shrubs and perennials chosen from “The Ethno-Botanical Garden Planting List” provided to CLC by the AOO Consultation Office. Plants on this list are native to the area and have been chosen for their Algonquin cultural, spiritual and educational significance. These will be incorporated into the designs so that users are able to learn about their historical and present day uses.
SEEKING ALGONQUIN INPUT!
Together, CLC and the AOO are now seeking input from Algonquin community members on the proposed commemorative elements at Wateridge Village. For more details about the Commemoration Program as well as the proposed commemorative elements, please download the Commemoration Brochure by clicking on the image below:
Your feedback is requested no later than 2 PM on Friday, June 29, 2018 to your local Algonquin Negotiation Representative or the AOO Consultation Office:
31 Riverside Drive, Suite 101
Pembroke, ON K8A 8R6
Tel: 1-855-735-3759 (Toll Free) or 613-735-3759 (Local)
As of November 28, 2016, Wateridge Village is ready to welcome new home buyers. Please click here for an update to this exciting project.