IRSS Legacy Celebration formally begins on July 29 with a Grand Entry at 9:30 a.m. followed by an unveiling ceremony for the “Restoration of Identity” Turtle Sculpture created by Anishinaabe artist Solomon King. The Turtle Sculpture will become the centerpiece of the Teaching, Learning, Sharing & Healing space being developed on the southwest corner of Nathan Phillips Square.
Over the next two days, we will feature some of the best in Indigenous music, dance, performance, art, film and food. Each day begins with a sunrise ceremony at 6 a.m. followed by Tipi workshops at 10 a.m. hosted by Indigenous community organizations. A powerful ceremony called the “Re-Affirmation Walk” will take place on the Pond Stage at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30 which consists of former residential school and day school survivors and youth walking together hand-in-hand wearing traditional regalia.
Evening Highlights include a Film Screening of “We Were Children” on Monday, July 29 at 8 pm and an Indigenous Concert on Tuesday, July 30 at 7 pm highlighting local Indigenous artists.
This event is free to the public, fully accessible and family friendly. Join us for the largest Cultural Gathering in an urban centre as we showcase and celebrate Indigenous pride in the heart of downtown Toronto!
Participants will be able to make direct donations or obtain sponsorship from friends and family. For sponsorship, please click the “Sponsor a Participant” button below and complete the form. The First 200 registrants that have obtained a sponsorship when they check in at the Registration Tent will get a free #ReconciliACTIVE T-Shirt. The thermometer below captures our progress on achieving our goal of raising $25,000. You can help us get closer by making an individual donation or sponsoring a participant for the walk.
8:00 am Registration & Gathering at southwest corner of Nathan Phillips Square (future site of Teaching, Learning, Sharing & Healing space)
8:30 am Opening & Welcoming
9:00 am Walk begins at southwest corner of Nathan Phillips Square. Participants will walk to Queen’s Park and back.
11:00 am Walk ends at southwest corner of Nathan Phillips Square
11:05 am Speakers & Acknowledgements
11:30 am Community BBQ
2:00 pm End of Event
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