Let's talk about Zibi.
Zibi is the name for the landmark project now underway to revitalize the industrial lands formerly owned by Domtar and E.B. Eddy on Chaudière and Albert Islands in the city of Ottawa, Ontario, and along the waterfront in the city of Gatineau, Quebec.
Curious about the land on which it will be built and the vision for creating one of the world’s most sustainable communities, in collaboration with the region’s Algonquin Anishinabe community?
You’ve come to the right place.
Land & Spirit
Zibi is on unceded Algonquin Anishinabe territory.
All of the land in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, including Parliament Hill and Zibi (to name just two examples), are the ancestral territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation. These lands were never surrendered, or treatied. We have always acknowledged this, and we are working to draw attention to this widespread reality and the deep implications it has here in this part of Canada. If you own a home in the region, you too own land on unceded Algonquin territory.
We believe in doing development differently. Our proactive collaborative approach has been unlike any other development company in the region, and we are committed to improving the way Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous private sector companies work together.
Consultation & Consent
Engagement with the Algonquin Anishinabe began in 2013 and is ongoing.
“The project’s opponents would have us believe that Windmill Development Group has failed to consult my Nation. In fact, consultations with Pikwàkanagàn, the one Nation whose legal claim to the islands has been recognized by the governments of Ontario and Canada, began long before any project design and continue to this day.”
– Josée Bourgeois, Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation
(read the article)
Collaboration & Reconciliation
Zibi invites real partnership and ownership
to the Algonquin Nation(s)
“With the deep connections and inroads that are being built between Windmill Developments and the Algonquin-Anishinabe communities, Zibi is a precedent-setting and landmark opportunity for a new model of collaboration.”
— Chief Kirby Whiteduck, Chief of the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation
(read the article)
Zibi is so much more than condos.
Zibi will be a community where diverse people live, work, play and learn. There will be condos, parks, offices, waterfront, and stores. Zibi will be a community that embraces and celebrates this great Ottawa/Kichissippi River, and tells the stories of those who travelled, traded and lived along it. Over a quarter of the Zibi site will be dedicated to waterfront parks and open spaces, restoring access to the Ottawa River, and views to the Chaudière Falls for the first time in 200 years.
Zibi will be one of the world’s most environmentally and socially sustainable communities. It will honour the voice and heart of the Algonquin Anishinabe people, restore the land, clean the river and return public access to the waterfront.