Coincidentally, two groups are honouring different sites in Toronto with important ties to our Indigenous history, on the same day: Wednesday September 21.
At 2pm, the Sandhill Site at 1 Bloor St. West will host The Sandhill Ceremony with Chief Stacey LaForme and Elder Garry Sault from the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, together with City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam will commemorate the burial ground that once existed here. Whereas settler bodies were reinterred in the Toronto Necropolis (“City of the Dead”), Indigenous bodies were not relocated and were reportedly lost in the new construction work of the 19th century. (Free admission, no reservation necessary.)
In the evening, from 6-8pm, Heritage Toronto is hosting a Heritage Night and Open House at The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West. The occasion is the installation of a plaque to honour Six Nations athlete TOM LONGBOAT. Longboat trained at The Great Hall in the early 20th century when it was The West End YMCA. He went on to compete in the Boston Marathon in 1907, finishing first and setting a new course record. In addition to the plaque, the building’s venue, The Lower Hall, will be officially renamed Longboat Hall. Admission is free but spaces are limited so reserve here:
You are invited to “Indigenous Waterways”, a full day event organized by the Toronto Green Community in partnership with First Story, Evergreen Brick Works and Sustainability Network.
We will work together to build connections and strengthen the capacity of Toronto’s diverse communities to take action by providing an indigenous approach on relating to and caring for our watersheds.
The day’s agenda will include:
Keynote speaker: Josephine Mandamin, Ojibwe Grandmother & Water Walker
– A Water Ceremony and traditional singing, dancing and drumming
– Panel presentations highlighting challenges facing our waterways and solutions-based initiatives
– A First Story Walk around the Evergreen Brick Works grounds
– A Community Canoe planting with Homegrown National Park & David Suzuki Foundation
…and a great opportunity for networking!
We hope you will join us to share and discover Indigenous knowledge, enjoy fun activities, make connections, explore Lost Rivers and find out how you can help build a blue-green city!
Sunday, September 11, 2016
10:00am to 5:30pm
BMO Atrium, Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue
Tickets: $25.00 per person
To buy tickets and register for the event visit: indigenouswaterways.eventbrite.ca