THE TKARONTO PROJECT
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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