Ottawa 2017


Illumination of Chaudière Falls

October 6 – November 5


In fall 2017, a dynamic lighting display illuminated the Chaudière falls. Accompanied by a rich soundscape, the experience evoked the culture of Indigenous people and in particular the Algonquin heritage of the region. In addition to the illumination, interpretation panels shared the story of the presence of Indigenous peoples in the region.

The name Mìwàte means “dazzled by a light or fire” in Anishinaabe, the language of the Algonquin people. 

This powerful tribute to Indigenous people was co-produced by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and world-renowned Canadian production company Moment Factory, in collaboration with the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, and in consultation with representatives from local Métis and Inuit communities



Mìwàte may be over, but for this group, the memories will last a lifetime.

As part of Mìwàte, we brought 34 youth from Thunder Bay, to explore the Capital Region, rediscover a sacred land and draw pride, strength and inspiration from its water.