Overview 2008

The 2008 version of The Encampment in Ottawa incorporated seventy 18th century expeditionary tents referencing the IQ of 70, under which an individual may be considered intellectually disabled. It was presented by the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) in partnership with the National Capital Commission (NCC) and with the support of theOntario arts Council.

This version engaged the public in the national history of intellectual disability in Canadafrom the beginning of 19th century to the present. The process included Installation Creation Workshops with partnering organizations in seven cities (Toronto, Ottawa/Gatineau, Moncton, Winnipeg, Vancouver and White Horse). The history included the British transfer of patients from its over-flowing asylums to the east coast of Canada in the 1800’s, establishment of isolated communities outside of urban centres, institutionalization, family and governmental treatment, alienation and individual challenges past and present.

Over 150 public participants nation-wide were involved, exclusive of the National Capital Commission staff and volunteers. 7,000 people experienced the work on-site during its 3-evening presentation from sunset to midnight.

It was presented at twilight in Major Hill’s Park centrally located between the Parliament Buildings, just on the other side of the Rideau Canal locks, the US Embassy, National Gallery of Canada and the historic Chateau Laurier.

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