The Indigenous People’s Space


The Indigenous People’s Space (IPS) is situated on the territory of the Omamìwìnini Anishinaabeg | Algonquin Nation. The project will provide a home for First Nation, Inuit, and Métis Nation voices to build relationships to the Crown in the spirit of reconciliation. The project was undertaken as a scoping exercise for Block 2 in Ottawa, a site that is currently being reimagined. The Indigenous design team, aimed to symbolize nation-to-nation relations and Indigenous self-determination with a revised representation that reminds the Canadian public, that ‘we are still here’.
Stage of Completion
Schematic Design (2019)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
49,904 ft2 | 4,637 m2
The Assembly of First Nations
Project Architect
Wanda Dalla Costa Architect, David T Fortin Architect, Eladia Smoke Architecture
Design Team
Winnie (Pitawanakwat), Claudio Vekstein, Dolores Cremonini, Larissa Roque, Nicole Luke, Jason Surkan

Honorary Fellow

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada is proud to announce that Wanda Dalla Costa, a prominent Indigenous voice and practitioner in North American architecture, has been awarded honorary fellowship for 2022. Wanda Dalla Costa is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation and was the first First Nation woman to become an architect in Canada. Her firm, Tawaw Architecture Collective, is based in Phoenix, Arizona. She is the director and founder of Arizona State University’s Indigenous Design Collaborative, a community-driven design and construction program that brings together tribal community members, industry and multidisciplinary teams of university students and faculty to co-design and co-develop solutions for tribal communities. Dalla Costa is a prominent Indigenous female voice within the architectural profession–specifically within the academic sphere in North America.

YBCA's 100 Honorees: Wanda Dalla Costa

Indigenous Design Collaborative's founder and design director Wanda Dalla Costa was recognized as YBCA 100 list of change makers and cultural activists working at the intersection of art, social change and civic life.

Trailblazer Award: Wanda Dalla Costa

Presented this year as part of NZ20, the world's largest net zero conference and expo, the Trailblazer Awards celebrate leaders who are building a net zero future through their work in the carbon, energy, water, waste, transit and/or policy sectors.

St. Lawrence Center Competition Award 2023


Jeff Harnar Award
Unbuilt Architecture 2021