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La représentation des Autochtones dans la Capitale Nationale du Canada : symbolique d’une présence visible et invisible

Abstract : As Canada is about to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, it seems relevant to examine a powerful emblem of the Confederation, namely itself capital, which was known as Bytown until 1855. The choice of the capital’s name, borrowed from the Algonquins as a reference to the nearby Ottawa River, and of the site itself of the capital by Queen Victoria in 1857 is far from neutral and raises the issue of the acknowledgement of the place granted (or not) to Aboriginal people in Canadian society as well as the recognition of the role they were led play (or not) in the construction of the new federal state and the Canadian identity in all its diversity. We will pay close attention to the physical and symbolical traces of the presence of Aboriginal people and their heritage in the National Capital — whether it be sacred places, commemorative plaques, place names, statues, works of art, etc —, trying to make out the meaning of this visible and invisible presence in the urban landscape : how is this presence expressed? Is the Aboriginal dimension of the Canadian identity truly acknowledged through this representation? Do the memorial pratices aimed at representing and celebrating the diversity of the Canadian identity truly avoid old assimilation practices? Such are the questions we’ll try to answer in our critical survey of Aboriginal Ottawa.
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Cécile Fouache. La représentation des Autochtones dans la Capitale Nationale du Canada : symbolique d’une présence visible et invisible. Le Canada et ses définitions de 1867 à 2017 : valeurs, pratiques et représentations; Defining Canada, 1867-2017: values, practices and representations, Association Française d'Études Canadiennes, Jun 2017, Paris, France. ⟨hal-02378079⟩



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