Upcoming Events

Apr 28 2021 Forum /

Virtual Forum: Indigenous Placekeeping

6:30 PM




Since time immemorial, the group of islands sheltering the Toronto harbour was known by several names. For the Michi Saagiig (Mississaugas), it was simply known as Mnisiing, meaning ‘on the islands’. Later they would collectively known as Aiionwatha or Hiawatha’s Island. Today, they are the Toronto Islands Park, one of Toronto foremost and signature parks.

On April 28th, the City of Toronto – Parks, Forestry, and Recreation division will host a virtual forum, focused on sharing insights and teachings on Indigenous placekeeping, especially in the context of the Toronto Island Park Master Plan.

The forum will include:

  • An opening invocation, thanksgiving, and context
  • Elders and knowledge-holders panel
  • Presentations and panel on perspectives on Indigenous placekeeping


  • Chief Stacey Laforme, Mississaugas of the Credit
  • Councillor Joe Cressy, City of Toronto
  • Garry Sault, Mississaugas of the Credit
  • Rick Hill, Six Nations of the Grand River
  • Shelly Charles, Chippewas of Georgina Island/Mino-Kamik
  • Mitch Case, Métis Nation of Ontario
  • Janie Romoff, City of Toronto – Parks, Forestry, and Recreation
  • Jennifer Franks, City of Toronto – Indigenous Affairs Office
  • Carolyn King, Moccasin Identifier Project
  • Jules McCusker, Mishupishu Wetu
  • Andrea Christjohn, Spirit Garden
  • Terence Radford, Trophic Design

Who should attend?

  • Indigenous organizations and community members
  • Toronto Island residents
  • Toronto Island businesses
  • Island and Waterfront Community associations and
  • City-wide organizations interested in Toronto Island Park
  • Interested community members

For project information:
Pablo Muñoz
Senior Public Consultation Coordinator
City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry, and Recreation Division
Tel. 437-220-5975
Email: islandparkmasterplan@toronto.ca

For information about the public engagement process, or to request accommodations:
Athavarn Srikantharajah
Public Engagement Team
Swerhun Inc.,
(647) 427–5331

About the Toronto Islands Park Master Plan
The Toronto Islands Park Master Plan will be a dynamic, long-term planning document that outlines a vision, objectives, and actions to guide change and investment. Over the next year and a half, the City will work closely with Indigenous communities, island and waterfront communities and businesses, and all Island Park users across the city to develop a Master Plan that cements Toronto Island Park’s role as a cherished gathering place for many generations to come.

For more information, visit www.toronto.ca/IslandMasterPlan! #TOIslandPlan