Join us this weekend for our Doors Open Toronto walk

This weekend, as part of the city-wide Doors Open Toronto festival, we are launching a new walking tour:

TRUTH and RECONCILIATION on the STREETS of TORONTO

We’re offering this FREE 90-minute walk four times over the weekend:

Starting at 11am & 2pm, on both Saturday and Sunday May 28-29

We’ll meet at Yonge & Gould, on the steps of the new Ryerson Student Learning Centre, and end at Allan Gardens a few blocks away.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its Final Report and its 94 Calls to Action one year ago. All Canadians were challenged to reflect on what they can do to repair the damage done in Indigenous communities and cultures by “Indian Residential Schools.” There wasn’t one in the city of Toronto but our city was implicated from the very beginning.

On this walk we’ll visit church, government & educational sites connecting us to that history and we’ll challenge each other about what we can do individually & collectively to repair the relationship.

Toronto was part of “Indian Residential Schools” from the beginning. Now it’s time to be part of the solution.

To keep crowds manageable, we’ve been asked to limit each walk to 50 people so if you’re interested, please reserve online here: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=436adc273e8cc410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&key=235C1A253B28DD7885257F5C001C8972

(And if you’d like to volunteer on one or more of the walks, to help with traffic, etc., send us a message at firststory@ncct.on.ca)

Want to read the TRC’s Final Report? You can download the Summary here: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Honouring_the_Truth_Reconciling_for_the_Future_July_23_2015.pdf

And you can download the 94 Calls to Action here: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Findings/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

 


FREE First Story Walking Tours this weekend

This year, First Story is participating in the 10th annual Jane’s Walk festival. More than 100 FREE walking tours are happening all weekend, including 2 by First Story (alone or in partnership with friends from compatible projects). Here’s our list of events, but have a look at the complete list – your neighbourhood may be there waiting for you to discover its secrets!

Jane’s Walks are free, locally organized walking tours, in which people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighbourhoods. Where more traditional tours are a bit like walking lectures, a Jane’s Walk is more of a walking conversation. Leaders share their knowledge, but also encourage discussion and participation among the walkers.

FIRST STORY TORONTO’s tours this weekend:

* SATURDAY, MAY 7, at 4:30pm, starting at the Spadina Wave-deck (Queens Quay West at the foot of Spadina):

An Alternate Version of Toronto’s Origin Story: Torontonians are beginning to appreciate that this isn’t a “new place.” We’ll explore sites on the waterfront that tell a fuller, more inclusive story of the 12,000 years of Toronto history. Details here: http://janeswalk.org/canada/toronto/alternate-version-torontos-origin-story/

(Come early and enjoy the BBQ hosted by the nearby Harbourfront Neighbourhood Centre starting at 3:30pm)

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* SUNDAY, MAY 8, at 2pm, starting at the Allenby Public School, Avenue Rd at St. Clements Ave (4 blocks north of Eglinton)

Mud Creek: the Path of our Past, Present and Future

Led by First Story and our friends at Toronto Green Community and Lost Rivers, we’ll explore the deep roots of the neighbourhood, tracing back to the time of the Wendat, then on to the present with a view towards reconciling our relations with each other and Mother Earth. Following the route of the buried Mud Creek, visit the site of the former Wendat village and ossuary perched on the hill where Allenby Public School is today. We’ll recall the Pears Brickyard and ask whether the clay was used by Wendat potters centuries earlier. And we’ll end at Eglinton Park and its Community Garden with a Worm Composter. Hear about Rain Gardens and the Three Sisters. What’s in a name? How many streets, buildings, and sites in Toronto maintain their original Indigenous names? Where did Mud Creek start and end? Where can we find it now? Do you know about other Lost Rivers in Toronto? For more details: http://janeswalk.org/canada/toronto/mud-creek-path-our-past-present-future/

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And stay tuned for information about the very important tour we will host during the Doors Open Toronto citywide festival, May 28-29.


To learn more about Toronto’s Huron-Wendat heritage

We know that some folks attending our Winter Solstice Walk tomorrow (Dec. 20, 2015) will want to learn more about Toronto’s Huron-Wendat connections and today’s Wendat and Wyandotte communities, so we’re providing the reading list and links below to be of assistance.

(Let us know if you think we’ve overlooked any books, key articles or websites.)

WEBSITES:

The French-language website for the Huron-Wendat First Nation in Wendake, Quebec (near Quebec City.)  http://www.wendake.ca/

• Wendake’s Visitor’s Guide to their beautiful hotel, museum, tours, etc. http://TourismeWendake.ca/en/home/

• Some words and expressions in the Wendat language. http://www.letrocdesidees.ca/en/words-of-the-huron-language.php

Wyandot of Anderdon Nation. www.wyandotofanderdon.com

Wyandot Nation of Kansas. http://www.wyandot.org/

Wyandotte Nation of Oklahama. http://www.wyandotte-nation.org/

BOOKS:

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Since the list below is long (but by no means complete) we can recommend the ones in RED as great introductions.

Garrad, Charles. 2003. “Commemorating the 350th Anniversary of the Dispersal of the Wyandots from Ontario and Celebrating Their Return.” Research Bulletin No. 35, Petun Research Institute. Downloadable from the website of the Petun Research Institute

Garrad, Charles. 1999. “New Wyandot Indian Confederacy Established” in Arch Notes (bi-monthly newsletter of the Ontario Archaeological Association), New Series Volume 4, Issue 6, November/December 1999, pp. 21-22.

Garrad, Charles. April 2014. Petun to Wyandot: the Ontario Petun from the 16th Century. Gatineau/Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Civilization/University of Ottawa Press.

Heidenreich, Conrad Edmund. 1971. Huronia: a history and geography of the Huron Indians 1600 – 1650. Toronto : McClelland & Stewart.

Labelle, Kathryn Magee. 2013. Dispersed But Not Destroyed: a history of the Seventeenth-Century Wendat People. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Lainey, Jonathan. 2004. La «Monnaie des Sauvages» Les colliers de wampum d’hier à aujourd’hui. Québec: Septentrion.

Seeman, Erik R. 2011. The Huron-Wendat Feast of the Dead: Indian-European Encounters in Early North America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Sioui, Georges E., & Kathryn Magee Labelle. 2014. “The Algonquian-Wendat Alliance: A Case Study of Circular Societies.” Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 34(1), 171−83.

Sioui, Georges. 2003. “Canada: its cradle, its name, its spirit: The Stadaconan contribution to Canadian culture and identity.” Canadian Issues. Fall, 24−29.

Sioui, Georges E. 1992. For an Amerindian Autohistory: an essay on the foundations of a social ethic. Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press.

(A Huron-Wendat born and raised in Wendake, Georges Sioui is the first to present guidelines for the study of Native history from an Amerindian point of view.)

Sioui, Georges E., and Dalie Giroux. 2009. Histories of Kanatha: Seen and Told (Bilingual Edition.) Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.

(The first collection written by an Aboriginal Canadian on the Aboriginal understanding of history and the colonial experience.)

Sioui, Georges E., and Jane Brierley. 2000. Huron-Wendat: Heritage of the Circle. Vancouver: UBC Press. Georges Sioui tells the history of his people, providing readers with a fascinating look at Wendat society and its rich legacy for Canada and the modern world.

Steckley, John. 2013. The eighteenth-century Wyandot: a clan-based study. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Steckley. John. 2007. A Huron-English/English-Huron dictionary (listing both words and non noun and verb roots). Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press.

Steckley, John L. 2007. Words of the Huron. Kitchener: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.       (An investigation into seventeenth-century Huron culture through a kind of linguistic archaeology of a language that almost died midway through the twentieth century.)

Trigger, Bruce G. 1987. The Children of Aataentsic: a history of the Huron people to 1660. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Trigger, Bruce G. 1990, 1969. The Huron: Farmers of the North, SECOND EDITION.  Orlando: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College Publishers.

Trigger, Bruce G. 1985. Natives and Newcomers: Canada’s “Heroic Age” Reconsidered. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Warrick, Gary. 2008. A Population History of the Huron-Petun, A.D. 500-1650. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Williamson, Ronald F. and Jennifer Birch. 2013. The Mantle Site: An Archaeological History of a Huron-Wendat Community. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press (Issues in Eastern Woodlands Archaeology series).               (This is the first detailed analysis of a completely excavated northern Iroquoian community, a sixteenth-century ancestral Wendat village near Stouffville northeast of Toronto. The site resulted from the coalescence of multiple small villages into one well-planned and well-integrated community.)

– compiled by Brian MacLean, Dec. 19, 2015


Planning our first Winter Solstice Walk!

Several of us met again today to walk the itinerary of our first-ever winter-themed Indigenous walk, as part of our ongoing research and planning for the public walk you’re invited to join  on Sunday Dec. 20th, beginning at 2pm.

First Story Toronto is collaborating with Toronto Green Community and its two projects, Lost Rivers and Rivers Rising, to blend landscape and watershed awareness with Indigenous stories and sites in midtown Toronto.

We’ll begin at 2pm at the site of the 550-year-old Huron-Wendat village situated where Allenby School now sits, at Avenue Road and St. Clements Avenue.

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On this particular walk, Huron-Wendat history and culture will be our primary focus, but we hope to have Anishinaabe and Cree members adding their memories and perspectives on Winter topics.

We’d love to hear your suggestions too! Write us at firststory@ncct.on.ca with any memories, ideas and suggestions you have for making a Winter Walk an enjoyable and educational experience for everyone. And join us on Dec. 20th for this FREE event!

Our inaugural Winter Walk:

Sunday, Dec. 2oth, 2-4:30pm (includes indoor craft and storytelling in final hour)

Starting at: SW corner of Avenue Road and St. Clements Avenue, at 2pm

Ending at: North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, in Eglinton Park (200 Eglinton West, at Oriole Parkway)

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Join us at this year’s YIMBY Festival

We’re looking forward to participating in the YIMBY Festival this Saturday, Oct. 31 from 11am-3pm. Free admission to all.

The “Yes in My Backyard” Festival will feature 104 non-profit groups who are having fun promoting positive change in Toronto: social, environmental, heritage, planning, arts, parks, social media, and so on.

Each of us will have a table and spokespeople to talk to you about what they’re doing (and how you might join if the issue interests you.)

If you haven’t met anyone from First Story yet, come say hi to us! And bring your questions and suggestions.

And join us for our 30-minute presentation from 2:30-3pm. We’ll be giving a sneak preview of our first-ever Winter Walking tour, planned in collaboration with Toronto Green Community and their Lost Rivers project!

WHEN: Saturday, October 31st from 11am – 3pm
WHERE: at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University (55 Dundas St. W).

http://www.yimbytoronto.org/attend


Free First Story bus tour this Saturday, to “Maadaadizi / Summer Journeys” celebration at Rouge Beach

We’ve had a fun summer collaborating with the Pan Am Path folks. In June we hosted a full week of guided tours along the waterfront and our exciting TALKING TORONTO TREATIES event.

Now, we’re helping with the Grand Finale of the 14-week-long Pan Am Path ART RELAY.

We’re offering free bus shuttles on Saturday to the Grand Finale event at beautiful Rouge Beach, where the Rouge River meets Lake Ontario (Kanadario). A full afternoon of family entertainments wil be followed by a stunning evening presentation.

Please join us for a wonderful celebration of Indigenous arts and the natural beauty of a historic place. See details below about how to book seats on one of our 7 free bus shuttles leaving the Native Centre Saturday afternoon, Aug. 15. One of our tour guides will share Tkaronto stories with you on the trip to Rouge Beach.

Maadaadizi / Summer Journeys
the Grand Finale of the Pan Am Path’s Art Relay
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At Maadaadizi (“begin a journey,” in Ojibwe),  and spend a perfect summer day being inspired by Indigenous art in a beautiful area of Tkaronto, Scarborough’s Rouge Beach

The featured sunset event, ‘The Great Chief Star’ is an original 45 minute journey into Indigenous cosmology. This original work is led by visual artist Jason Baerg and includes Santee Smith, Erin Fortier, J-S Gauthier, Michael Red and Tanya Tagaq on a futuristic mission to heal water.

Afternoon family activities include the All Our Relations Métis Women’s Drum Circle, Nimkii Osawamick and hoop dancing, Friends of the Rouge Watershed, Parks Canada Environmental talks and Lantern Making with Red Pepper Spectacle Arts. Culinary arts by: Tea N Bannock.

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FREE. Spend the day at the Beach.

Bring sunscreen, a swimsuit, water and a light coat for the evening. Light your lantern creation and be a part of the Sunset Performance! 

First Story Toronto Tour / Free Shuttle Service:

Explore the Indigenous history of Tkaronto with First Story’s storytellers on a FREE shuttle bus to the event.
Pickup location, Saturday afternoon:
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, 16 Spadina Road (across from Spadina subway stn.)
Free tour shuttle service (buses depart every hour) from 1pm to 7pm.
RESERVE your seat on one of our hourly departures: http://firststorytour.eventbrite.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/601875133248619/

For more information: FirstStory@ncct.on.ca
There will be return shuttle buses leaving Rouge Beach between 10:15pm-11pm.

Indigenous Food Vendors Featuring:

Tea N Bannock: http://www.teanbannock.ca

Directions / Google Map & Parking:

195 Rouge Hills Dr., Toronto ON, M5H 2N2 https://goo.gl/maps/ttyuq

Parking at Rouge Hill GO Station & West Rouge Community Centre (270 Rouge Hills Drive)

Program Schedule:

Noon to 3:30 PM – Environmental Talks, Parks Canada
Noon to 4:45 PM – Drumming, Singing and Hoop Dance Workshops
2:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Lantern Making Workshop
8:00 to 8:30 PM – Opening Songs with Cheryl L’HIrondelle & Friends and Special Guests
8:30 PM to 9:00 PM – Music Composition, Michael Red
9:00 to 9:45 PM – “The Great Chief Star” ~ Featured Sunset Presentation featuring Tanya Tagaq and Santee Smith. Maadaadizi:Summer Journeys_Aug15_cover

Explore Toronto Through The Pan Am Path

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/841323515940108/
Website: http://panampath.org/events.shtml#event/GrandFinale
More Videos / Path TV: https://vimeo.com/panampath

Full Event Map & Calendar: http://panampath.org/events.shtml
Path Music & Map App: http://www.panampath.org/wp.shtml?f=downloadapp
Twitter: https://twitter.com/panampath
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/panampath/
Press: http://panampath.org/wp.shtml?f=media
Hashtags: #PanAmPath #ArtRelay

Download the free FIRST STORY TORONTO APP here:

Android:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.comap.firststory&hl=en

iPhone/iPadhttps://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/first-story-toronto/id665936832?mt=8


Amazing Events not to be missed this summer!

This is an amazing summer in Toronto for experiencing Indigenous cultures at multiple events! We don’t think there’s ever been a greater opportunity to meet more creative people from First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across Canada.

Last month, First Story Toronto hosted daily tours of Indigenous Toronto for an entire week, and capped it by hosting an unprecedented TALKING TORONTO TREATIES event.

On Monday, July 20, you can attend another Talking Toronto Treaties event – the premiere of our video covering our treaty history from 1649 to the present! Our treaty historians Jesse Thistle and Zach Smith will be on hand to introduce their video and answer questions afterward:

“We identify the relevant communities, touch upon their histories of interaction and conflict, and the diplomatic means – treaties – by which they managed to forge relations of peace between themselves and later, with European powers. Included among these are the Peace of Montreal and Dish with One Spoon (1701), the Treaty of Niagara and the Covenant Chain – where we made peace with the British  – (1764), the treaties made with the British by the Mississauga (1787-88, 1805-06), the Williams Treaties (1923) and finally, the conclusion of the Mississauga’s of the New Credit Toronto land claim (2010).”

WHERE: The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, 16 Spadina Road (1 block N. of Bloor)

WHEN: Monday July 20, 6pm

ADMISSION: $5

And elsewhere, the ABORIGINAL PAVILION is in full swing on the grounds of Fort York and and later at Harbourfront Centre. This 19-day Indigenous arts, culture and sports festival runs concurrent to the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am games from July 10-26 and August 7-9 this year. From Main Stage musical performances to dance, theatre and family programming on the Small Stage, from visual arts and traditional crafts workshops to artist talks, film screenings, a curated exhibition, there’s much to see and do!

Check out the Aboriginal Pavilion’s SCHEDULE here: http://www.alppavilion.ca/   And it’s all FREE!

And then comes Planet IndigenUS 2015: 300 artists over 10 days from from July 30-August 9, co-hosted by Harbourfront Centre in Toronto and the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford. Planet IndigenUS is a global exploration of contemporary Indigenous civilizations. Since 2004, this bi-annual festival has been raising public awareness, breaking stereotypes and fostering a cross-cultural dialogue between Canadians. Enjoy music, art, food and ideas from First Nations communities across Canada and Indigenous peoples around the world.

Check out the Planet IndigenUS’s SCHEDULE here: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/planetindigenus/2015/events/index.cfm?festival_id=210

Let’s all support these incredible opportunities to enjoy and learn this summer, so we’ll encourage the artists and producers to return in the future!


Did we ever talk treaties!

If you weren’t one of the nearly 100 people who enjoyed yesterday’s superb afternoon of talks, music and discussion at Toronto’s first TALKING TORONTO TREATIES, we’ll soon have more photos and video to share with you. In the meanwhile, here are the opening remarks by First Story Toronto member Victoria Freeman, providing an overview of what we hope TALKING TORONTO TREATIES will help accomplish for Toronto. Let this be the first of many TTTs!

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Talking Toronto Treaties / Introductory Remarks by Victoria Freeman, June 26, 2015

Good afternoon. My name is Victoria Freeman and I’m a historian and member of First Story Toronto. First Story is a volunteer committee at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, comprising Indigenous and non-Indigenous community-members, knowledge-keepers, scholars, artists, and others with various skills and knowledges. Formerly known as the Toronto Native Community History Project, it was founded in 1995 by the late Rodney Bobiwash and Heather Howard with the following vision:

“To hold faith with our ancestors. To speak our memory. To preserve and promote the history of Aboriginal people in the Toronto area from time immemorial to the present, and for the future. To teach and share in the spirit of friendship, and with the goal of eliminating racism and prejudice.”

First Story Toronto shares information on the Indigenous history of Toronto through bus, bike and walking tours and through the First Story smartphone app, available for free download on iPhones and Android smartphones, and produced in partnership with the Centre for Community Mapping, University of Waterloo. The app maps stories of Indigenous history onto a Google-style map of Toronto, and includes text, photos, archival documents, oral history interviews, audiovisual materials, and links to other online resources. First Story also undertakes various forms of community-based research, such as last year’s Indigenous Women, Memory and Power in Toronto project, and our new ongoing project, Talking Toronto Treaties.

Today’s event is the culmination of First Story Toronto’s week of activities as host organization of the Pan Am Path for the downtown waterfront. The project was further expanded by generous funding from the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, which kick-started a very fruitful collaboration between First Story Toronto, Jumblies Theatre, and elders Pauline Shirt and Ed Sackaney and the staff of Aboriginal Student Services at George Brown College.

From the beginning, this project has been predicated on the belief that understanding our treaty relationships is not just a matter of mental or historical understanding, though that is crucially important, but also requires engagement with imagination, heart, spirit, and physicality (the land we live on and our physical bodies); hence this project brings together historical researchers, artists, elders, and the community.

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From the First Story side, this project has involved coordination by myself and Brian MacLean; administrative support from the Native Canadian Centre, especially Rozella Johnston; the sharing of historical knowledge with Jumblies artists; and the hiring and supervision of two wonderful Indigenous historians in training. These are: Jesse Thistle, an award-winning Metis undergraduate student of history at York University, who will begin master’s level studies in the fall, and Zachary Smith, an Anishinaabe PhD student in history at the University of Toronto, whose focus is on pre-Confederation Ontario treaties. Jesse and Zach reviewed the existing historical writing about treaties affecting the Toronto area and conducted interviews with elders, Indigenous scholars and historians, and in particular with members of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation who were involved in the 2010 Toronto Purchase land claim. These interviews, most of which were both videotaped and audiotaped, are being edited into a video for public education purposes; they will also inform First Story’s various tours, and excerpts will be posted on the First Story app. The full interviews constitute an invaluable record of how local treaties are understood in Toronto in 2015, a record that will be available for future researchers in the First Story/NCCT archives.

Our aim today is to help each other broaden and deepen our understandings of our treaty relationships as Torontonians. I think it’s safe to say most Torontonians are unaware that they are even in a treaty relationship, that we are, in fact, treaty people. Or we think there is only one relevant treaty, the Toronto Purchase, which is often regarded as a one-time land purchase. Understanding the Toronto Purchase and the subsequent land claim is indeed crucial to understanding treaty relationships in Toronto, but we have come to realize that there are several treaties that link local Indigenous peoples – and Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples – in a web of ongoing relationships. Understanding who we are as treaty people involves understanding what these various treaties meant in the past, how they’ve shaped our present, and what they could mean for the future in guiding us to a just, healthy, and respectful relationship between our peoples.

Another thing we’ve learned through this project is that there is no single way to view treaties: this project explores many perspectives on their significance and utility.

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Why learn about treaties today? Many people believe there is a link between treaties and reconciliation, but as Leanne Simpson said in her book Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back, talk of reconciliation is far from new and Indigenous peoples have already attempted to reconcile their differences with settler peoples in countless treaty negotiations, “which categorically have not produced the kinds of relationships Indigenous peoples intended.” That’s a sobering comment – but it does seem that understanding treaties is the place to start.

Today’s event is therefore only the beginning of a necessary dialogue on what we need to learn to help us honour the words of the ancestors and live together in peace, respect, and friendship in the present and for future generations.

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– Victoria Freeman

Talking Toronto Treaties

at George Brown College Waterfront Campus, 51 Dockside Drive, Toronto / June 26, 2015

– Photos by Brian MacLean


Talking Toronto Treaties

TalkingTreatiesTreatiesTorontonians tend to think that “treaties” concern other parts of Canada, whether in western Canada or northern Ontario.

But how did the British come to displace the residents Mississaugas of the Credit? Did they simply “purchase” the land as we purchase a house today? That’s how most of our history books relate the so-called “Toronto Purchase,” as a peaceful, non-controversial transaction.

But we know different today. Over two hundred years of complaints and petitions by Mississaugas stating that their understanding of the agreement was not being honoured finally led to a new settlement in 2010. Never heard of it? Didn’t realize that almost all of us were, in effect, squatters up until 5 years ago?

The First Story Toronto team has renewed research into that original British-Mississaugas transaction of 1787, “renewed” in 1805. But we’ve also learned about the treaties that shaped this area’s history BEFORE European settlers began arriving, treaties among the First Nations of this area.And now, we’d like to invite all of our followers to attend a historic event that will review our Toronto treaty history, and help share the huge part of our area’s history that has been erased, denied or simply ignored for two hundred years.

Join us for TALKING TORONTO TREATIES a (free) event on Friday, June 26th at the beautiful waterfront campus of George Brown College, from 1-5:30pm. Reserve your space here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/talking-toronto-treaties-tickets-17418042835?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=eventurl_text

We have invited experts on Indigenous diplomacy and history to help us all become literate in the full history of our area, and how the Mississaugas’ offer to share this land and its waters was not honoured for a very long time. Today, through education and solidarity, we can all promote our ongoing treaty obligations to each other – WE ARE ALL TREATY PEOPLE!

First Story Toronto has partnered with Jumblies Theatre to present these great speakers from the Mississaugas of the New Credit, Six Nations of the Grand River and Georgina Island First Nation, and Jumblies has commissioned some original music and audio installations to inspire and entertain us. Our brand new teepee is up and will host some smaller group learning sessions.

This is an event not to be missed. Please join us this Friday for TALKING TORONTO TREATIES.

Here’s the program:

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If you have any questions, please contact us at firststory@ncct.on.ca


First Story Video Launch

Preparing for the video launch event, August 29, 2014

Preparing for the video launch event, August 29, 2014

With support from The History Education Network, the First Story Toronto program at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto was able to host an 8-week summer project that provided the opportunity for four Indigenous youth living in Toronto to engage in learning about Toronto’s Indigenous history and to contribute to our collaborative community project, the First Story App.The four youth participants each independently created videos to be featured on the First Story App. Their task was to share stories relevant to the history of Indigenous communities in the region through creative and engaging video storytelling.

The videos were revealed on August 29, 2014 at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. They are now available for viewing on the First Story App.

 

Watch the new First Story videos:

 

Parsons Site by Samuel Kloetstra

 

High Park by Bella McWatch

 

Wandering Spirit Survival School by Joseph Harper

 

Each Standing in the Other’s Light by Michael Roderick Keshane

 

 

 

Miigwetch!

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