John Ralston Saul, President of PEN International 2009-2015
Albert Dumont, Algonquin Elder on the Elders Advisory Committee of the Ministry of the Attorney General
Douglas Cardinal, Indigenous Elder, award-winning architect and planner
Mark O'Neil, Director of the Canadian Museum of History
Dr. David Suzuki, Ph.D., C.C., Broadcaster and Co-Founder, The David Suzuki Foundation
Robert Deer, Mayor of Quaqtaq
Indigenous Grandmothers, Elders, groups and individuals
Barry L Sarazin, AAA Algonquin Aabimi Aki Maamiwininwag, Grandfathers rep
Elder Maria Ramirez, Mayan Elder, Waxaqq'ib Q'ojoom Toronto Council
"We want to donate an Olmec Head Copy who represents the governability and resilence of the indigenous people in this continent"
Thirteen Algonquin Grandmothers file challenge over Chaudiere Falls development and title rights. Statement of Claim
Jaqueline Sarazin – Matriarch
Ogima Manit8abe8ich, Ogima Chief, Kinounchepirini Algonquin First Nation
Call for Support from Algonquin Chiefs to protect in perpetuity and recognize within the NCC the Algonquin Sacred Waterfalls Area Akikodjiwan, as an Algonquin Nation Cultural Park and Historic Commemoration Site under an Algonquin controlled institution to be established by the legitimate Algonquin First Nations.
Chief Harry St. Denis – Wolf Lake First Nation
Chief Terence McBride – Timiskaming First Nation
Chief Lance Haymond – Eagle Village First Nation
Chief Casey Ratt – Algonquins of Barriere Lake
Indigenous Businesses, Professionals and Academics
Karen Bisson, Owner, Turtle Lodge Trading Post
Ray Gosselin, RAIC Indigenous Task Force, Ray Gosselin Architect Limited
Luugigyou Patrick Reid Stewart, Patrick R. Stewart, PhD, AIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP, Assiciate Professor, McEwen School of Architecture, Laurentian University Chair, Provincial Abroginal Homelessness Committee (BC)
Eladia Smoke | KaaSheGaaWeak; Architect OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP; Principle Architect, Smoke Architecture Inc; Master Lecturer, McEwen School of Architecture, Laurentian University
Mixel Laquoa, Professor, Anishnaabe
Rachele Prud'homme, Owner-President, Medicine Wheel Path
Elizabeth Nelson, MA Candidate Queens University
Nathan Adler, Writer, Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation
Pierrette Meilleur, Nation Métis Québec
Michael Reyes, Treaty Person
"Ottawa should have this site deemed a national treasure and returned to a sacred status."
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Ottawa chapter
"There should be NO transfer of lands and no further development until the claim is settled!"
"I can't think of a more highly symbolic expression of reconciliation the government of Canada could do than to fulfill a promise made to include in the Confederation Boulevard an indigenous centre and a place for celebration and ceremony. This is an opportune time. Now is the time to do it."
"Best opportunity to show goodwill for reconciliation and return a sacred site and have a place of significance in the Capital to honor First Peoples. There is a shameful absence of the Indiginous peoples in the capital of the country. Also, Grandfather William Commanda is a national treasure and his vision should be implemented. Douglas Cardinal is also a great canadian architect and should be granted the respect he so deserves."
Sarah Parkinson, Ottawa
"I'm supporting the vision of Grandfather William Commanda and the 13 traditional grandmothers of Pikwakanagan because I believe with all my heart that their vision presents the best hope for true reconciliation for this country."
"By giving the rights of this land back to the Indigenous peoples it would be a gesture taking a step towards reconciliation. This is long overdue action."