A scout's life: English-Canadian nostalgia, colonialism, and aboriginality in Ottawa
For over 70 years, a statue of an unnamed Aboriginal scout stood on a pedestal at the base of a monument to Samuel de Champlain at Nepean Point, Ottawa. In this essay, the author details how this monument has been the recipient of various emotional investments by visitors, making the monument a highly ambivalent and dynamic figure. In particular, the scout has been played with as a totem of an imagined Canadian past, defaced as a symbolic casualty of French-English conflicts, and protested as an offensive artefact of racist ideologies. The scout is a figure that is mobilized through expressions of both colonial nostalgia and postcolonial resistance.