Toronto History Museums launch new Indigenous Peoples Month virtual programming


TORONTO, June 1, 2021 / CNW / – Today, Mr. Mayor John tory launched Indigenous Peoples Month at Toronto’s history museums. The month-long online celebration will include guided tours, a culinary program, a shopping experience that includes products from Indigenous artists and authors, as well as film and dance performances by emerging and established artists. This month-long virtual program replaces the 2021 Indigenous Arts Festival, which cannot take place due to COVID-19.

Toronto’s History Museums will provide Indigenous stories, cuisine, arts and histories in collaboration with community partners. The Indigenous Peoples Month programming at Toronto History Museums can be enjoyed in four parts: Shop, Explore, Feast and Watch, from June 2. More information is available at

Highlights of Indigenous Peoples Month at Toronto History Museums include:

  • Boutique (opening June 2): Showcasing pieces that celebrate Indigenous arts, culture and knowledge, the Toronto History Museums Boutique will feature Indigenous artists, creators and writers, including a collective of artists from the Mississaugas First Nation of the Credit. The program includes virtual round tables throughout the month.
  • Explore: Participants can explore the diverse and vibrant Indigenous communities of Toronto through virtual treaty tours created by First Story Toronto. These tours will be delivered online at June 15, 22 and 29. Reserve your free seat at
  • Feast: This culinary program, which will be launched on June 18, can be enjoyed in two stages:
    Miijim Dibaajimowaan – Food Stories is a multimedia exhibition produced in partnership with the University of Toronto Faculty of Information.
    Kiin Awiiya Jiibaakwe – Everybody’s Cooking, an online discussion about bannock and family.

    The National Indigenous Peoples Day will honor Indigenous food and support those living at the Na-Me-Res Indigenous Men’s Residence with a traditional meal prepared by a world famous chef and trained globally. Billy alexandre. The feast will also be accessible to the public through secure, contactless curbside pickup at Fort York National Historic Site on June 20. Pre-order your meal at from June 2. This project was made possible in part by the government of Canada.

  • Watch: Fridays, from June 11, Toronto’s History Museums will premiere pre-recorded hip-hop performances by emerging dancers Slim Peanut and River WH. The program will also include a partnership with imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, two films produced by the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation: Niibi (The water), a theatrical performance for young people and an educational film celebrating the Moccasin Identifier Project created by Carolyn king, OC and more.

    As part of the Toronto History Museums Awakening program, two Indigenous-focused films will also be available: A Portrait in Red, shot at Todmorden Mills, and Acknowledgment, shot in Fort York. Both films are part of the We Were Always Here project.

To support this month of programming, the City formed the Indigenous Peoples Month Working Group, rooted in the principles of the Seven Teachings of the Grandfathers, an Anishnaabe philosophy. The working group includes:

  • Savannah Chiblow, Anishinaabe-kwe from the Mississaugi First Nation, digital communications storyteller and community builder
  • Jessica lea fleming, Wiisaakodewinikwe (Métis) / Scottish settler, filmmaker, writer, producer and performer
  • I have Green King, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, artist
  • Caitlin Laforme, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, artist
  • Théagan de Laronde, Métis, student and member of Red Sky Métis Independent Nation

Indigenous Peoples Month at Toronto’s History Museums is produced by the City in partnership with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. The program is made possible in part by the government of Canada and sponsorships from TD Bank Group, Aramark Canada, CN, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), Shopify and media partner Elmnt FM. Donors include Bell and TE Wealth Indigenous Services.

All shows and panels are free to the public. Prior registration will be required for certain events. The full schedule will be available on June 9. More information is available at

Mayor that of John Tory the welcome message is available on

The City will virtually celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st. More details will be shared shortly.

More than 80,000 inhabitants of Toronto come from indigenous communities. Toronto has the largest indigenous population in Ontario and the fourth in Canada. The City’s Office of Indigenous Affairs (IAO) is focused on supporting City divisions in their work with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and all urban Indigenous communities. The Office works to strengthen the City’s relationship with Indigenous communities and advance reconciliation. More information on the IAO is available from the Office of Indigenous Affairs.


“The History Museums of Toronto have worked with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation to develop a virtual Indigenous Peoples Month program that provides an opportunity to recognize and learn about the historical and current contributions of peoples. indigenous. I encourage all residents to participate in this programming to learn more about Indigenous stories, strengths and contributions as well as the resilience of all Indigenous communities. ”
– mayor John tory

“In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, Toronto’s history museums are reassessing how they develop, deliver and evaluate their programming, and embrace partnerships that integrate voices, stories and indigenous knowledge in its programs, collections management and sites.
– Deputy mayor Michael thompson (Scarborough Center), chairman of the city’s economic and community development committee

“The City of Toronto The Office of Indigenous Affairs is delighted to support Indigenous Peoples Month at Toronto’s History Museums by celebrating the vibrant and diverse Indigenous communities in and around Toronto. “
Selina Young, Manager, Office of Indigenous Affairs, City of Toronto

“The government of Canada is proud to support Indigenous Peoples Month at Toronto History Museums. This year, the one-month virtual format will allow even more Canadians to participate in the celebrations and learn more about the rich and diverse heritage of Indigenous communities here and elsewhere. ”
– The Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation is proud to work with our partners at the History Museums of Toronto to bring you month-long programming showcasing Indigenous arts and culture. a very exciting opportunity. Personally, I believe that the purpose of the arts is much more than entertainment. The arts bring people together, fill communication gaps, and enable deeper connection and understanding. ”
– Chief Stacey Laforme, Mississaugas of Credit First Nation

About Toronto History Museums

Toronto History Museums are a group of 10 museums owned and operated by the City of Toronto who bring that of Toronto life story for residents and visitors. They include Colborne Lodge, Fort York National Historic Site, Gibson House Museum, Mackenzie House, Market Gallery, Montgomery’s Inn, Scarborough Museum, Spadina Museum, Todmorden Mills and Zion Schoolhouse. More information is available at, or follow Toronto History Museums on Twitter at, on Instagram at, on Facebook at and on YouTube at

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