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Our Aboriginal Roots

Curated by Ala Asadchaya with guidance from Shelley Charles
Photography by Jeremy Sale
Additional images from the Humber College Image Bank
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Aboriginal events on the Lakeshore grounds have always provided an opportunity to learn and celebrate of Aboriginal culture in South Etobicoke. These events help build balanced relationships by bringing people together and uniting our community. They do so by promoting tradition and sharing invaluable knowledge and wisdom of First Nation’s people. The activities held on the Lakeshore grounds are appropriate, as it rekindles our respect for and responsibility to our community and to our natural environment.
Dreamcatcher Workshops
In 2014 and 2015, during Aboriginal Awareness Week and Culture Days, creative dreamcatcher workshops were organized by the Aboriginal Resource Centre at Humber College’s L Space Gallery and, on the Lakeshore grounds in partnership with the Assembly Hall.  Students and members of the Humber community and Lakeshore area learned how to make dreamcatchers - an Ojibwe tradition that is a popular and meaningful craft by Aboriginal artists.
Aboriginal Events
The Aboriginal Resource Centre (ARC) at Humber College runs a number of events dedicated to  Indigenous culture. Some of the celebrations are hosted in partnership with the Assembly Hall during Culture Days. For information about upcoming ARC events, please visit here.

Every Aboriginal event held on the grounds is significant in recognizing the longstanding Ojibwe Anishinaabe history in the area. In fact, the names ‘Etobicoke’ and ‘Mimico’ originate from the Aboriginal languages of Anishinaabe. “Etobicoke” is an anglicized adaptation of a Mississaugan word  that means the "place where the alders grow." Mimico is named after the now-extinct Passenger Pigeon, a bird species that was previously thriving in South Etobicoke. The word Mimico is an Ojiibwe word omiimiikka that translates to “abundant with wild pigeons”.

The roots of Aboriginal history goes into the depth of unrecorded time. Different Aboriginal groups have lived in Southern Ontario  for more than 10 000 years. During the Aboriginal history period, Native populations mainly were occupied with hunting, fishing, agriculture and trade. Traditions, crafts and believes of numerous Aboriginal communities have been a brightened and unique feature of diverse Canadian culture.  Nowadays, many Aboriginal narratives of Canadian shared history are recognised and reconciled through practices and celebrations of Aboriginal culture, in which performances of the powwow play a significant role. They help to nurture appreciation for Aboriginal traditions.

Acknowledgements: Jeremy Sale


Jeremy Sale is a portrait and event photographer in Etobicoke. A self-taught shutterbug, he prefers to capture candid emotion, rather than self-conscious posterity. "Most of us—myself included—don't have the ability to reveal emotion while looking down the barrel of a lens. For example: imagine two wedding photos: the first is a model-perfect bride, holding flowers and smiling. The second is a teary-eyed bride, as she chokes up during Dad's speech. Which photo would put a lump in your throat—even if you didn't know her—the one where the mascara is perfect... or the one where the moment is?"




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