William Commanda Hall
The legacy of Elder William Ojigkwanong Commanda (1913-2011) is commemorated on the University of Ottawa campus with the William Ojigkwanong Commanda Ombàkonigan (Hall), which houses the Institute of Canadian and Aboriginal Studies. The building was renamed in September 2014 following recommendations from the Indigenous Students’ Association (ISA), the Indigenous and Canadian Studies Students Association (ICSSA), and members of the Algonquin community.
William Commanda was a respected Algonquin Elder, former Chief, guide, trapper, historian, master birch bark canoe maker, and Carrier of the Algonquin Sacred Wampum Belts from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Maniwaki, Quebec. He was an internationally recognized leader, known for promoting peaceful relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and was a dedicated advocate for the environment (Mother Earth).