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Toronto, Jun 18 (Canadian-Media): City of Toronto is adding a Medicine Wheel and a new vinyl wrap to the Toronto Sign in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, media reports said.
Toronto Sign reflects Toronto's Indigenous roots and diversity of its Indigenous communities and was initially installed at
Nathan Phillips Square in July 2015 for the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games and remains there due to popular demand.
The Medicine Wheel was chosen, in consultation with the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, as it is an emblem of North American Indigenous cultural values, tradition and spirituality.
Its four directions (east, south, west and north) symbolize completeness, wholeness, connectedness and strength.
The Medicine Wheel will be part of the sign through the Canada Day weekend and will return to Nathan Phillips Square in early October in advance of the Indian Residential School Survivors (IRSS) Legacy Celebration.
(IRSS) Legacy Celebration produced by Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre would reportedly take place October 9 to 11 on Nathan Phillips Square, in collaboration with the City of Toronto.
The Medicine Wheel, a positive action for National Indigenous Day will be positioned before the sign's "T".
The vinyl wrap symbols will remain on the Toronto Sign until IRSS Legacy Celebration in October 2018 on Nathan Phillips Square.
"City initiatives like these and the Indigenous Arts Festival are helping to build a tradition of Toronto profiling the Indigenous experience, past and present, at some of the city's most accessible and prominent public locations," said Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Co-Chair of the City's Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee.
Indigenous artists from across Canada would showcase more than 30 performances in partnership with the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation from June 21 to 24 to mark free four-day Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York National Historic Site and would feature traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre, storytelling, visual arts, crafts and food.
On June 23, the Indigenous Arts Festival will feature Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, (APTN)'s Indigenous Day Live, Canada's largest national celebration in recognition of Indigenous Peoples' accomplishments through cultural activities and live music.
A live national broadcast on APTN will feature concerts in Toronto, Winnipeg and Ottawa.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)