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The Ottawa River has played a vital role in the history of the Algonquin Nation. The Ottawa River flows through unceded Algonquin territory and there is an outstanding land claim which been under negotiation for a long time. Most recently, the proposed development of lands at Chaudiere Falls in Ottawa just west of downtown has amplified the frustrations of the people of the Algonquin Nation that their land claim is far from settled.
Peter Di Gangi has been working with on research, policy work and advocacy with Aboriginal communities since the late 1970s. In this lecture he delves into the history of the human history of the Ottawa River Watershed and what needs to be done in the future to reconcile the acts of the past.
It was recorded December 8, 2015 at Octopus Books in Ottawa, unceded Algonquin territory by Greg MacDougall of www.equitableeducation.ca. Thanks to Greg for sending this to us to repodcast for our rabble.ca listeners.