A special Algonquin Awareness Exhibit was set up at Normandy Court for Indigenous Awareness Week, which is being held from May 22 to 25. (Above) Corporal Jessika Girard and Master Corporal Morgan Gonci read the panels, which share information and raise awareness of the history of the Algonquin people in the region. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Algonquin Awareness Exhibit


Posted on May 24, 2018

Indigenous Awareness Week May 22-25

In the spirit of Indigenous Awareness week the Algonquin Awareness Exhibit is on display at the Normandy Court Kitchen from May 22-25.

On May 22, Command Teams from across Garrison Petawawa joined members from the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan council for lunch at the kitchen to enjoy a traditional indigenous lunch prepared by our military chefs.

This Algonquin Awareness Exhibit was created in 2013 in response to an invitation by the City of Pembroke asking the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan to participate in the 400th Anniversary celebration of Champlain’s arrival to the area. The exhibit is intended to educate the public regarding the history of the Algonquin people on this land.

Indigenous Awareness Week was first introduced in 1992 as Aboriginal Awareness Week. It has evolved into an opportunity to honour the many Indigenous cultures in Canada, including the Métis, the Inuit, and First Nations. This Awareness Week was then adopted by the DND and the CAF leadership as one of the four Employment Equity commemorative events to be held during the year. A different theme is celebrated each year.