City of Ottawa honours late Inuk artist with renaming of Sandy Hill park

 Sandy Hill park has been renamed in honour of a local Inuk artist known for her pen and coloured pencil drawings.

Council approved the name change to Annie Pootoogook Park in February 2021, but COVID-19 restrictions delayed the renaming ceremony until Sunday.

The event was held outside the Sandy Hill Community Centre, showcasing Inuit culture and language with all the proceedings translated into Inuktitut by an Inuk elder.

Over 100 residents and visitors, along with local officials, city councillors and Members of Parliament were on hand, including Governor General Mary May Simon, who marked the occasion by connecting this renaming with the journey towards reconciliation.

Updated: November 10, 2021 — 10:38 am
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