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Toronto parks to reflect Indigenous history – Toronto Star

by ahnationtalk on November 14, 201713 Views

Part of the process involves naming parks after famous Indigenous people.

Nov. 13, 2017

Toronto is looking to incorporate Indigenous placemaking in parks and public places.

A proposal recently tabled before the city’s Aboriginal Affairs Committee details current efforts to showcase Indigenous culture and history in Toronto’s green spaces.

“Toronto’s parks and public realm are our common grounds,” said Jane Arbour, the city’s senior communications co-ordinator, in an email. “For these spaces to truly bring us together, they need to reflect all of us and they need to reflect the city’s commitment to reconciliation.”

The proposal is based on consultations with Indigenous communities regarding how to better reflect their traditions. That includes designated spaces for sacred fires, Indigenous ceremonies and Indigenous art as well as ensuring access to rivers and water courses, Arbour said.

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