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: