THE ALGONQUIN ENSEMBLE

Concerning Our Name


We acknowledge that the name we have borrowed for our ensemble refers to the Algonquin Anishinaabe People. We recognize that the Algonquin Anishinaabe People have occupied this part of Canada since time immemorial and that the land is unceded territory.

Algonquin territory consists of 48 million acres of rivers, lakes, boreal forests, rock, trees. Through the creation of Upper and Lower Canada, now Ontario and Quebec, and through the French surrendering of land that they did not own, the Algonquin Anishinaabeg have been divided along the very river that once united them. Through the overlay of Canada, and the imposition of a provincial federal order, the Algonquin are now divided by language, law, and religion.

When selecting a name for our ensemble, we chose the moniker of our beloved Algonquin Park, as it was a place dear to the painter Tom Thomson, whose art and life were the inspiration for our first album “Sonic Palette.”