Through the sharing of artistic expression and the exchange of cultural knowledge, Canoe Stories Festival (CSF), will renew Indigenous space within the Kichi Sipi (Ottawa River) Watershed on Algonquin Territory.

CSF will highlight relationships to Land and Water with Indigenous art, architecture and the engineering of the vessels that move, carry and connect us.

The festival will gather and present Indigenous narratives by integrating the telling of the stories within and alongside traditional water vessels – chii’mon, kayaks, umiks – of various designs and materials.

Our intention for the Festival will be to illuminate the legacy of First Nations travelling the local waterways and traversing our territories as we originally did. This included harmonious management and conservation of resources. CSF will also illuminate the history of protocol and peace along with ongoing trade amongst First Nations, Inuit and Métis right across Turtle Island from Coast to Coast to Coast.

Using this historical legacy for guiding principles, CSF will offer an opportunity to renew our relationship to the Land and Waterways in the present. We invite our non-Indigenous sisters and brothers to join with us.

Above art work by Emily Rose Michaud from Reflections series on water molecules. 


Canoe Stories Festival will be taking place at various locations during the last half of September with events to include:

CSF will also be participating in other events happening around the city of Ottawa.


Canoe Stories Festival is organized by Circadia Indigena Founder and Artistic Director JP Longboat. JP is Mohawk-Cayuga, Turtle clan, from Six Nations of the Grand River in Southern Ontario.

JP has a BFA degree in Visual Arts from the University of Michigan and Ontario College of Art and has worked as a visual artist, graphic designer, actor, storyteller dancer and choreographer. He has performed, danced and collaborated with many professional performing companies across Canada. JP has also served as Program Officer in Dance at the Canada Council for the Arts and has been on the faculty of Aboriginal Arts at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

JP brings depth of skill, practice and knowledge to this endeavour as well as a vision rooted in understanding and honouring the diversity of Indigenous culture.

To contact JP Longboat click here.


We acknowledge that Canoe Stories Festival takes place on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabeg territory.