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Ottawa Park Officially Named After Annie Pootoogook

Inuit Art Foundation | November 12, 2021

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Ottawa Park Officially Named After Annie Pootoogook

On Sunday, November 7, in Ottawa, ON, the newly named Annie Pootoogook Park was officially unveiled in honour of the late artist, Annie Pootoogook (1969–2016). The park, which is located in the Sandy Hill neighbourhood, was filled with approximately 200 people there to witness the park naming ceremony and plaque unveiling. The celebration coincided with International Inuit Day—a day dedicated to celebrating Inuit and sharing their voices.

The ceremony was hosted by Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury, who emphasized the importance of this moment for the Inuit community. Governor General Mary Simon was in attendance and gave a speech in honour of Pootoogook’s legacy, highlighting her personal connections to the artist’s work. Other memorable moments included a recorded speech from Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq, a drumming performance by Sheena Akoomalik and her family as well as a throat singing performance by Annie Aningmiuq and Kendra Tagoona.

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