Ottawa park renamed to honour Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook

March 29, 2021

Artworks by Annie Pootoogook in the exhibition Sheltered in Place: Portraits of Self, Family and Community, installation view, Ottawa Art Gallery, March 2021. Photo: Chris Snow

On February 24th, Ottawa City Council voted to change the name of Sandy Hill Park to Annie Pootoogook Park at 250 Somerset St. East.

OAG Director and CEO Alexandra Badzak presented a speech to committee members in support of the renaming.

“Annie Pootoogook was remarkably prolific producing over a 1000 drawings that changed the way we, from the south, viewed Inuit culture not as fixed in time and tradition but rather a complex mixture of traditional ways of knowing and living with the sometimes stark realities of modern life within a rapidly changing consumer culture.”

Thank you to Sandy Hill resident Stéphanie Plante and Councillor Mathieu Fleury for their efforts in making this happen.

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