Monday, October 20, 2014

Rideau Hall Inuksuk

The Inuksuk on the grounds of Rideau Hall has its original dedication plaque and a more recent one with a more detailed explanation.

Dedicated on
National Aboriginal Day
June 21, 1997
In the presence of
Their Excellencies
The Right Honourable
Roméo LeBlanc
Governor General of Canada
& Mrs. Diana Fowler LeBlanc

This Inuksuk was donated by
MDS Nordion
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
through the
Canadiana Fund

Silent Messengers of the Arctic

Inuksuk created by Kananginak Pootoogook, 1997

For generations, the Inuit have been
creating impressive stone markers
on the Arctic landscape. Inuksuk
means "acting in the capacity
of a human." They serve many
functions, including guiding
travellers, warning of danger,
assissting hunters and marking
places of reverence.