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Toronto, Sept 27 (Canadian-Media): The Indian Residential School Survivors (IRSS) Legacy would be celebrated from Oct 9 through Oct 11 for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the honour of residential school survivors and their families, media reports said.
The IRSS Legacy Celebration. Image credit: www.irsslegacy.com
The IRSS Legacy Celebration, the first of its kind in Canada, produced by the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre -- an autonomous, vibrant cultural agency serving Indigenous community and a member of the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council and the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres -- in collaboration with the City of Toronto, would feature Indigenous songs, stories, language, food, performances, installations and demonstrations for all ages.
"We are pleased and proud to be able to host and help produce this important event at Nathan Phillips Square," said John Tory, Mayor of Toronto. "It is essential that reconciliation moves from discussion into action and this celebration provides a forum for that evolution to occur."
"This gathering is significant as it is scheduled around the new lunar moon cycle, which represents a positive energy force in addition to our harvest cycle, a time to acknowledge and give thanks for all that we are provided and a part of," said Andrea Chrisjohn, Board Designate (ohkwali clan, On^yota’a:ka), Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre. "And, to celebrate the resiliency, change and growth of our people."
IRSS Legacy Celebration Program will include: Two evening performances (Oct. 9 and 11) by Juno Award-winning Mohawk Six Nation singer-songwriter/piano player Murray Porter and his song "Is Sorry Enough?"; healing songs by Indigenous women (Oct 9 evening) by using hand drums to honour survivors and inter-generational members through a reaffirmation of identity ceremony; Screening of the award-winning film "Indian Horse," on Oct 10 evening which would shed light on the dark history of Canada’s residential schools; drop-in workshops, information sharing and interactive experiences by more than 20 large painted teepees across the Square; traditional performances and cultural teachings; Indigenous food, arts and crafts in the Indigenous Marketplace for sale.
This public space initiative will consist of a six-foot-tall (two metres) turtle sculpture called the “Restoration of Identity sculpture” and a “Teaching, Learning and Sharing and Healing space” to be permanently featured on Nathan Phillips Square, is anticipated to be completed in 2020.
Unveiling of turtle sculpture replica and project plans will be on October 9 during the IRSS Legacy Celebration.
The IRSS Legacy sculpture was developed in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action 82 to commission and install a publicly accessible, highly visible, residential schools monument in each capital city to honour residential school survivors and their families.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Sep 5 (Canadian-Media): The first in a series of consultations to educate and guide the creation of an Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICIE) began today in the City of Toronto, media reports said.
Stacey Laforme. Image credit: Facebook Page
"These consultations are essential for creating a sustainable and successful centre," said Toronto Mayor John Tory. "I'm proud to support this ongoing partnership between the Indigenous community and the City of Toronto."
"To be effective and as meaningful as possible this must be a broad engagement process. I look forward to hearing the voices of the young Indigenous entrepreneurs," said Chief R. Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
These consultations would include the creation of a Leadership Advisory Council of Indigenous community and business leaders to provide vision and business model for ICIE; one-on-one engagement with leaders in the Indigenous community, including Indigenous entrepreneurs; collaborative effort with key Indigenous community stakeholders and professional organizations to produce a survey to gather input on the proposed centre; Indigenous entrepreneurs to be focused on identifying their needs and interests, and an online survey to share across the city and the country, their insights and ideas on how the ICIE can support Indigenous entrepreneurs.
The purpose of the ICIE is to provide a space and support for Indigenous entrepreneurs to build businesses, social enterprises, not-for-profits, collectives or co-operatives by providing by providing advisory support and workspace and giving access to resources.
To develop a relevant vision and business plan for the ICIE and its services, the City of Toronto has retained an Indigenous-led consulting firm -- The Pontiac Group -- to undertake consultations with the Indigenous community in the greater Toronto area.
"The ICIE will become a foundation and cornerstone for future Indigenous entrepreneurship in Toronto," said Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale). "I am pleased to champion this innovative initiative."
"The City's collaborative approach to creating this innovation and business centre is an important part of the City's ongoing efforts to form enduring relationships with Indigenous communities and businesses," said Selina Young, Manager of the City's Indigenous Affairs Office.
The centre will be located at a City-owned commercial space at 200 Dundas St. E. in a building that is currently under construction and at the end of 2019, the City will take possession of the space.
Occurrence of the the consultations will proceed throughout the coming fall and winter and the Toronto City Council would be presented next spring with its findings and recommendations .
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Ottawa, Sept 2 (Canadian-Media) Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada (IPAC), produced by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS), does not have any provinces, territories or capital cities on the map, media reports said.
Indigenous peoples atlas of Canada. Image credit: Website
Instead, the Unique four-volume IPAC without any political boundaries, provides information about land claim agreements, treaty areas, traditional lands, Indigenous languages and forced population movements of Canada's Indigenous peoples.
Also present is a giant floor map, approximately the size of a gymnasium with more than a hundred pages guide and 17 lesson plans.
According to official reports, IAPC which excludes its modern boundaries, would soon be accessible to students and families across Canada.
Organizations like Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Assembly of First Nations, the Métis National Council, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and Indspire partnered together to produce IPAC.
Although the project has contributions by more than 100 Indigenous storytellers, knowledge keepers and writers, all decisions for the atlas were made by Indigenous peoples.
Pre-ordering of IPAC has already begun as it would not be available in stores until Sept. 20.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)