Since 1995, First Story Toronto, (formerly The Toronto Native Community History Project), within the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, has been engaged in researching and preserving the Indigenous history of Toronto with the goal of building awareness of and pride in the long Indigenous presence and contributions to the city. First Story Toronto shares this history through a variety of initiatives such as First Story Toronto Tours (formerly The Great Indian Bus Tour of Toronto), walking tours of places in the city, and making accessible a growing archive of historical materials about Toronto’s Indigenous community, past and present on our smartphone app.
As an extension of these initiatives, First Story Toronto has collaborated with the Centre for Community Mapping (COMAP) to create an online and mobile app named ‘First Story’, that maps the Indigenous heritage and community of Toronto. COMAP has provided the technical and infrastructural capacity to build the online application including the map, while First Story Toronto has worked to research and provide historical information for the map. The First Story Toronto app launched in October 2012 at the imagineNATIVE Media & Arts Festival. A significant number of archival photographs, documents, audio and video clips have been added since then, and the project is ongoing. The First Story Toronto app is FREE and available for iOS and Android phones and tablets.
GET THE FREE APP!
for Android: scan QR code or search Google Play for ‘First Story Comap’
for iPhone: search iTunes for ‘First Story Toronto’