A cultural gathering was held in downtown Toronto to honour residential school survivors and their families, by celebrating diverse Indigenous cultures. The event was produced by Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre in collaboration with the City of Toronto.
The three-day gathering featured Indigenous songs, storytelling, language workshops, the Legacy of Hope installation and demonstrations for all ages. Over 20 painted teepees hosted cultural teachings and workshops. The Indigenous Marketplace featured food and arts and craft vendors. Traditional performances and teachings took place on the main stage including celebrated Indigenous artists like Murray Porter, Classic Roots, Hatiyo Singers, Eagle Women Singerz, Spirit Wind, Duke Redbird, James Wilson and many more.
Over 250 guests attended the second launch and showcased the IRSS Virtual Model Video of the Teaching, Learning, Sharing and Healing space, on the Cinesphere screen. The event primarily raised awareness of the IRSS Legacy project and promoted the upcoming October 2018 celebration.
The event brought together residential school survivors, intergenerational family members, partners and community members. We celebrated partnerships and continued work on the IRSS Legacy partnership.
An evening full of love, thankfulness and forgiveness. Given the number of years providing various supports and programs for residential school survivors, Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre was approached by the Ministry of Indian Affairs to lead the TRC: Call to Action 82 for the Ontario region. The first launch introduced the objectives of the project to community members, like-minded organizations and government partners.
The Restoration of Identity sculpture and the evolving project updates were shared. The evening consisted of:
– Building of Good Relations
– Smudge ceremony, prayer and welcome address
– Drumming and dancing
– Visual presentation and interactive component