Uncovering an Indigenous Toronto

The name of our city is derived from the Mohawk word Tkaronto, meaning "a gathering place". Toronto is home to over 70,000 indigenous residents, one of the fastest growing population groups in the city. Yet our history, culture and contributions remain largely unseen. In this spirit, the Tkaronto Project invites you to hear from the people working to uncover an Indigenous Toronto.

Tuesday, June 27th 2017 @ 6:30pm
Sears Atrium, 245 Church St, 3rd floor

What is Indigenous Placemaking?

Cities reflect the stories of their residents. They are our sites of commemoration, preservation, representation, and interpretation. Our public spaces are where we come together to celebrate and be seen.

But not all of us are being seen or being meaningfully reflected in our city. Here in Toronto, one of the world’s most multicultural cities, an important community – the region’s first – has been all but obscured from the public presence.

Though Toronto boasts more than 70,000 Aboriginally identified residents, making it one of Canada’s largest and most diverse
Aboriginal communities, no dedicated quarter and precious few public spaces celebrate this foundational influence.

Inspired by the Canadian Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 recommendations, The Tkaronto Project aims to amplify the conversation on indigenous placemaking in our city.

Video courtesy of the Indigenous Placemaking Council (IPMC)

Examples of Indigenous Placemaking

An Embassy of Imagination mural by Latch Akesuk, Parr Josephee, Aoudi Qinnayuaq, Cie Taqiasuk, Julieta Arias and Moises Frank. In partnership with Mural Routes and Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association. (Photo by Tobin Grimshaw)

Thunder Bay Spirit Garden - Brook McIlroy Architects

Ogimaa Mikana Project - Susan Blight and Hayden King

Tkaronto Showcase Night

    Join us at the Sears Attrium on Tuesday, June 27th 2017 @ 6:30pm for an evening of speakers, music, art and community.


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    Tkaronto Showcase Speakers

    Sam Kloetstra - First Story Tours
    The Indigenous history of Tkaronto

    Alexa Hatanaka / Patrick Thompson - Embassy of Imagination
    Indigenous mural projects

    Christine Luza - Naadmaagit Ki Group
    Indigenous environmental stewardship along the Humber River

    Justin Wiebe - Youth Opportunities Fund / Root Exchange
    Indigenous youth and urban planning

    Ryan Rice - OCAD
    'Tkaronto VS Akwe:kon' t-shirt project

    John Croutch - Restauranteur
    Indigenous Culinary Scene in Tkaronto

    Mike Auksi - Hockey Player
    North American Indigenous Games 2017

    J'net AyAy Qwa Yak Sheelth - Royal Ontario Museum
    Exhibiting Indigenous Heritage

    Tasunka Pejuta Sugar and Theo Nazary - Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre
    Indian Residential School System (IRSS) Legacy Structure: Restoration of Identity

    Stay tuned for additional speakers.

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