OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced that a new space for indigenous people will be established at 100 Wellington St. in the National Capital Region on the ancestral land of the Algonquin people.
The Government of Canada will work in full partnership with representatives of First Nations, Inuit and the Metis Nation on next steps in the design and redevelopment of 100 Wellington to ensure this becomes an inclusive space that reflects the vision of indigenous people and the spirit of reconciliation, states a release.
This location symbolizes a turning point in Canada’s relationship with indigenous people and provides a concrete marker, in the heart of the nation’s capital and facing Parliament Hill, of the importance of indigenous people to this country’s foundation, adds the release.
The prime minister also announced that the Langevin Block, which sits across the street from Parliament Hill and houses the Prime Minister’s Office and the Privy Council Office, will be officially renamed the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council.
According to the release, keeping the name of Sir Hector-Louis Langevin — an individual associated with the residential school system — on the Prime Minister’s Office is inconsistent with the government’s vision.
"Together, we have taken the first steps in what we know will be a multigenerational journey toward reconciliation," said Trudeau in a statement. "This new space — located so close to Parliament Hill — will help ensure that the dialogue we have started is sustained and deepened as we move forward together."