“...the place of glare rock, Asinabka”

“The Chaudière Falls were especially significant – they took the shape of the bowl of a pipe, in this place of glare rock, Asinabka, and the rising vapours were a reflection of the fire and smoke of prayers rising to the Great Mystery”

Elder William Commanda

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Howard Adler: 613-889-9559

Chris Wong: 613-252-4078

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Asinabka Festival

PO Box 307, Station A

Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 8V3

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Our Mandate

Currently in our 9th year of programming, the mandate of the Asinabka Festival is to present an annual Indigenous film and media arts festival in the Nations Capital that allows independent artists - national, international, Indigenous, non-Indigenous - to share, present, and disseminate their work. Our mandate is also to present smaller-scale programming throughout the year, such as one-time film screenings, our annual National Indigenous Peoples Day event, or our annual winter “Snow-Screen” programing.

The Asinabka Festival aims to highlight works that examine Indigenous issues and topics; to support media artists and filmmakers; to promote Indigenous cultures and languages; to educate people about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit issues in Canada, and about Indigenous issues internationally; to provide a space where Indigenous peoples can tell their own stories and see their own cultures reflected back at them; to entertain, to be innovative. and to present the best in Indigenous film.

In the Algonquin language (Anishinabemowin), the word “Asinabka” means “place of glare rock”.  The Asinabka area includes Victoria Island and the Chaudière Falls, which are both located between Ottawa and Gatineau on the Ottawa River.  Asinabka is considered a sacred site, where for thousands of years ceremonies and offerings of tobacco have been made, and continue to be made. 

The name Asinabka was chosen for this festival as an act of decolonization, and to reinforce that the Nations Capital is in the heart of the unsurrendered land of the Algonquins of the Ottawa River Valley. 

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