613-562-5800 Ext: 4364/4365 opirg@uOttawa.ca

For more information on local history and local Indigenous populations visit the following links:


  • Kitigan Zibi is the closest Algonquin community to the city of Ottawa
  • The Ardoch Algonquin, another nearby community, has a thorough history on their website
  • The Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council brings together several communities, mostly located in what the Canadian government has designated as Quebec
  • Tanakiwin, which means country or homeland, is the website for the Algonquins of Ontario, an organisation that several Algonquin communities in the province of Ontario are a part of
  • The Odawa Native Friendship Centre serves Ottawa’s urban Aboriginal community
  • The uOttawa Aboriginal Resource Centre (ARC) supports First Nations, Inuit and Métis students by providing services that support them in classroom, career and personal needs in a manner consistent with Aboriginal culture and values

Definitions and Additional Links




A settler is someone who is living on a territory they are not Indigenous to as part of a process of settler colonialism.  They may have moved there on their own accord for resource use or a different lifestyle, have been forcibly brought from another area by the colonizers as slaves, come after being displaced from their home due to violence, imperialism, or environmental factors there, or be descendants of people who settled on the territory.  Though they have varied histories and responsibilities, in the case of Canada, all people who are not First Nations, Inuit, or Métis are settlers.


Settler colonialism


Settler colonialism is a form of colonialism in which a people is moved permanently into a colonized area, often at the same time as the displacement or ethnic cleansing of the area’s Indigenous populations.


Settler colonialism in Canada involved illegitimate claims to this land by Europeans, who permanently settled and developed entire rural and urban landscapes on this land despite it being stolen from Indigenous populations. This was facilitated by displacing Indigenous populations onto reserves, the countless deaths due to diseases carried over from Europe, and cultural assimilation processes such as residential schools, leading to it being referred to as the largest undocumented genocide in history. Colonization also continues today through, for example, the exploitation of Indigenous lands without their consent.  This development, such as as the Athabasca tar sands project, often make it impossible to live traditional lifestyles in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities, and in other cases make conditions entirely unliveable.




Decolonization is a process of reclaiming spaces, bodies, and languages that have been stolen, violated, exploited or oppressed in the process of colonization. Decolonization is both a personal and systemic effort to address settler complicity in colonial processes, to address the reproduction of colonial ideas in and outside of Indigenous communities, and to resist further colonization efforts.


Indigenous solidarity


Indigenous solidarity work is work that aims to support the efforts of Indigenous communities in their resistance to colonial processes, environmental destruction, and the erasure of their voices and communities.


The Indigenous People’s Solidarity Movement of Ottawa (IPSMO), is devoted specifically to Indigenous Solidarity work and has an extensive resource list.


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