Many different people have lived, worked, harvested, played, and explored in this place, among many other activities. We want to ensure the diverse histories of this land are commemorated in this emerging development.
Canada Lands Company is developing a commemoration program to guide how Wateridge Village/Villages des Riverains is recognizing Algonquin, military, francophonie, and other histories in this ongoing development. The commemoration program is being developed by Canada Lands Company in partnership with the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) and with support from ERA Architects Inc., the Dept of Words & Deeds, and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.
The commemoration program will culminate in a handbook that will provide Canada Lands Company and its development partners with collected histories, design principles, precedents and guidelines to implement commemorative features within the site’s emerging public realm. Commemorative features may include community signage and wayfinding, public art, street furniture and light fixtures, pavement detailing, and artifact display.
From January to April 2021, we will be collecting public stories online and the AOO will also be leading a knowledge-collection process.
The site is north of Montreal Road, south of Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway and east of Aviation Parkway, close to the Canada Aviation & Space Museum and the Montfort Hospital. It is the former Rockcliffe Airbase that is owned and currently under development by Canada Lands Company. We welcome all stories, reflections, and images related to personal and ancestral experience and knowledge of this site and the surrounding area. This may include stories of landscape, community, struggle, service, fun, family, newcomers, and beyond.