This project embraces an ethic of ‘activating, tending, and stewardship’. The project is responsive to the needs and desires of a constituency of peoples rooted in deep relationships to the unceded Algonquin territory that Carleton occupies. As a collective, we are tasked with the work of activating, tending to, and being good stewards of the relationships between the campus community and the land itself.  As a Committee, we are tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that every step of the design and execution of the project is attentive to the deep reciprocity between the land upon which the Indigenous Learning Place is situated and the self-determination, history and laws of the Algonquin Nation. As such, our work is deeply relational in focus, and driven by an ethic of reciprocity through both space and time.

Layout of Proposed Location’s Current Space and Other Institutions Indigenous Spaces

Questions to Consider:

1) What principles/themes should underscore the project and how should they be incorporated into the name of the site?

2) What should the space be used for?

3) What are some physical characteristics you would like to see in the completed project?

4) How can the space be representative/ inclusive for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples?

5)  How can the space highlight the fact that it (and the rest of Carleton) is on unceded Algonquin territory?

6)  While maintaining the integrity of the space being designed as Indigenous space, how can it also be welcoming to settlers?

See Truth and Reconciliation Park PowerPoint for more information.


  • Kahente Horn-Miller – Co-Chair, School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies
  • Rodney Nelson – Co-Chair, Centre for Initiatives in Education
  • Anastazia Krneta – Department of University Advancement
  • Benny Michaud – Department of Equity Services
  • Catherine Khordoc – Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • Darren Zanussi – Masters Candidate, School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies
  • John Carlson – Ph.D. Candidate, School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies
  • Kevin Gallinger – Facilities Management and Planning
  • Kevin Mann – Planning & Operations, Purchasing
  • Nick Ward – Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • Roni Nemr – Bank of Nova Scotia
  • Susan Ross – School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies
  • Tess Laude – Aboriginal Student Service Coordinator
  • Verna McGreggor – Elder, Kitagan Zibi
  • Zoe Todd – Department of Sociology & Anthropology


  • Émélie Desrochers-Turgeon – PhD student, Architecture
  • Manuel Baez – School of Architecture

Indigenous Learning Place Consultation Report (PDF)

Proposed Location: Paterson Hall Amphitheatre

History and Significance

The potential heritage significance of the amphitheatre can be summarized in terms of campus history, landscape design and ecological features, that is: as increasingly rare evidence of the earliest campus planning ideals; a lasting but less known work by a prominent Canadian landscape architect; and a healthy arrangement of soft landscaping framing the Rideau River that provides important relief to the increasing density of the campus.

For more information read PDF: Carleton University Amphitheatre, History and Significance.


Ideas/Information from Consultations to Date:

The information below is a measured combination of the feedback from the consultation process thus far.

Consultations about design and use ideas are being conducted with Indigenous Communities in and around Ottawa, Carleton Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, faculty and staff.

Physical Components

  • Medicine Garden
  • Water Feature
  • Medicine
  • Circle/Recognition of 4 Directions and elements
  • Arbour
  • Sacred Tree
  • Sacred Fire

Land Stewardship

  • Student care for the space, tend to garden and maintain green space as a whole
  • Place for student-driven sharing, learning, and spirituality


  • Mural
  • Art installations



  • Performances
  • Outdoor classes
  • Powwows
  • Ceremony
  • Winter events and winter ceremony should be prioritized to ensure year-long use of the space
  • Student-driven events; Events/performances stemming from student groups/orgs. and classes

Ideas for Future Additions/Phases

  • Partially covered sitting and/or performance area(s)
  • Name in Algonquin (as chosen by Kitigan Zibi and Pikwakangan)
  • Expansion of Ojigkwanong (addition into the current amphitheatre area)
  • Space for Indigenous students and for Indigenous Student Services/Administration

Underlying Themes/Principles

  • Healing, learning, connection to land
  • Underscored by reciprocity
  • Decision making in line with Algonquin Peoples

For additional information, read: Table on Consultations Word Document and the PDF Indigenous Learning Place Precedent Research.



Carleton NewsroomCarleton University Continues to Ensure Indigenous Cultures Represented on Campus with Amphitheatre Renovation

Carleton University will be transforming its outdoor amphitheater into an Indigenous learning and gathering space, temporarily called Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Park.

Consultations about design and use ideas will be held with Indigenous students, faculty and staff, as well as Indigenous communities and groups.

Indigenous Learning Place