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Indian Man from Nepean Point
Samuel de Champlain monument
Ottawa
1992
In 1999 the Indian figure had knelt at the base of the Samuel de Champlain monument was released from duty, following a protest held at the site by the Assembly of First Nations. The AFN argued that the Indian figure did not represent the contributions that Aboriginal people have made to the development of Canada. They also noted that he was inappropriately dressed--it was not historically accurate. After several years of discussion with the National Capital Commission, both groups agreed to move him across the street to what turned out to be an obscure part of Major's Hill Park. With no formal plans for redevelopment the vacant plinth that the Indian Scout used to occupy, I began inviting friends to the site for a portrait sitting.