Image Credit: Ottawa Tourism
We are excited to present a special cultural experience for BioMetals 2018 participants on July 16th. Nestled near the heart of downtown Ottawa is Victoria Island, a historical and sacred place for Aboriginal peoples within the traditional territory of the Algonquin nation.
We'll be hosted by Aboriginal Experiences (https://www.aboriginalexperiences.com/), whose members consist of First Nations from across Turtle Island or North America as it is known today. There are a total of 614 First Nation communities across Canada. The Nations, who were originally local to this region, are the Algonquin’s and Iroquois, which you will learn a little more about during your visit. As each of the team members from Aboriginal Experiences comes from different Nations, you'll have the chance to ask them more about their own backgrounds. They are excited to share their way of life from past and present with individuals interested in learning more about Canada’s First Nation Peoples culture and beliefs.
You'll have the opportunity to learn about Victoria Island's rich history, take a our tour of the native village on Victoria Island, experience an interactive Pow Wow dance performance and enjoy traditional food from Aboriginal People across Canada.
|Arrival and Welcome||6:00-6:15|
Guided Tour of the Native Village
|Interactive Dance Presentation||6:45-7:30|
Dinner Menu: Bannock bread, three sister soup, tossed salad with maple poppyseed or raspberry vinaigrettes, pasta salad, bean salad and wild rice salads, grilled corn niblets (on the cob in season), smoked venison stirfry, grilled salmon with pasta and Rosé Cream Sauce, seasonal soup or salad - Pound cake with blueberry sauce, beverages include coffee, tea, water and strawberry juice.
Notes about Victoria Island:
Aboriginal Experiences' tips on cultural respect:
The conference banquet will be held at The Boathouse at the Ottawa Rowing Club (http://ottawarowingclub.com/). The Boathouse is a heritage building (established in 1867) and is a lovely, private venue offering a fantastic view along the Ottawa River a short walk from the Byward Market in downtown Ottawa. The Ottawa Rowing Club is Canada’s oldest rowing club, founded in 1867, the year Canada was created. The Ottawa Rowing Club's first patron was Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister. In fact, the Ottawa Rowing Club is located adjacent to Macdonald’s Earnscliffe residence (now the residence of the Britain’s High Commissioner to Canada).
More details regarding the banquet dinner will be forthcoming!
Important note: There is another restaurant in Ottawa named "The Boathouse Restaurant" that is located nearby. When making travel arrangements, don't forget to ensure you're going to the Ottawa Rowing Club so that you don't end up at the wrong address!