The Ottawa Public Library-Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility has officially been named “Ādisōke”. The word comes from the Anishinābemowin Algonquin language, and appropriately means “storytelling” in English.
The name of the new facility was announced this morning at 555 Albert Street, where the library will eventually stand. Leaders from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinābeg and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation were on hand, along with politicians and executives from the Ottawa Public Library. Among those in attendance included Mayor Jim Watson, Minister of Canadian Heritage Stephen Guilbeault, MP for Ottawa Centre Catherine McKenna, Councillor Matthew Luloff, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board, Anita Tenasco, Director of Education for the Kitigan Zibi Anishinābeg, and librarian and archivist of Canada Leslie Weir.
The Honourable Catherine McKenna spoke in detail about what this project means to her, along with what this project means in terms of reconciliation. Click here for that statement.
ELMNT FM’s own Jill Kennedy had the chance to ask both Weir and Danielle McDonald from the Ottawa Public Library about the features and programs that are planned for the space to honour Ottawa’s Indigenous community. For more on that, click here.
Watson is promising a facility that is befitting of a G7 nation’s capital, and that this is one of many steps being taken in the name of reconciliation. Ādisōke is currently set to open to the public sometime in 2025.
See the announcement of the building’s name below.