Virtual Lecture 2023

Anishinabe Odjibikan:
A Collaborative Effort to Implement Indigenous Archaeology in the National Capital Region

Guests speakers:
Kyle, Jennifer
 , Drew, Jenna & Bryton

This virtual zoom talk held on Thursday February 16, 2023 is now available on Youtube :  
Anishinabe Odjibikan Archaeological Field School Presentation - YouTube

Ashinabe Odjibikan
Anishinabe Odjibikan is an archaeological field school led by Algonquins of PikwÓkanagÓn First Nation and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, formed in 2021 after the 2019 discovery of the Mokomon on Parliament Hill. We returned to the capital this past summer and were able to work on an additional number of sites, furthering our archaeological knowledge and our path in this field. We incorporate our Anishinabe Algonquin culture into the work we carry out and strive to find ways to advocate for the protection of our archaeological sites and the greater archaeological complex as a whole.

Kyle: 23 years old from PikwÓkanagÓn First Nation. I joined the field school during its pilot year and returned in 2022 as a supervisor. During the off-season after our first year, I was able to gain administrative experience working for my community’s consultation department, and have gone on to be a community representative and take on more responsibility in our program’s operation.

Jennifer: 23 yrs old from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, I joined Anishinabe Odjibikan in the first year of 2021 and returned in 2022 as a supervisor. University of Ottawa graduate BSS in 2022. Youth representative for Algonquin Tribal Council.

Drew: 23 yrs old from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, I joined Anishinabe Odjibikan in the first year of 2021 and returned in 2022 as a supervisor. Graduated in Fine Arts from Fanshawe College in 2021.

Bryton: 23 years old from Kitigan Zibi, I joined Anishinabe Odjibikan in 2021, and returned in 2022. During the first I filled the role of public relations. Our site in 2021 was along a bike path and every day there were visitors. I quickly became knowledgeable about the artifacts we were finding as it was my duty to inform the public of our work, and to create a good healthy relationship with those who stopped by. In 2022 I returned in a similar capacity. I still take up the role of storytelling and interpretation, unfortunately, due to health reasons I was sidelined for much of the summer, but I have returned for the off-season and look forward to this summer to continue my journey.

Jenna: 23 years old from PikwÓkanagÓn First Nation, I first learned about archaeology in the NCR in 2017 through Ian Badgley while working at the Kabeshinan Minitig Pavilion. In 2019, he became my supervisor when I began working under him as a student archaeologist for the NCC and for the last two years I have been an active Field Liaison Supervisor for Anishinabe Odjibikan. During the off-season, and with the skills I’ve gained in my position, I was able to take on the role of Cultural Heritage Coordinator for PikwÓkanagÓn consultation and still maintain aspects of the role while back at the field school. I am currently a student at the University of Ottawa completing my fourth year for my Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology, hoping to pursue a career in bioarchaeology.

This page was created on July 2, 2023