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This exhibit deals with immigration. Unless you are an Indigenous Person, your ancestors were immigrants to Canada. This immigration to Canada occurred alongside violence towards Indigenous Peoples.

Indigenous Peoples have lived and cared for the lands that are now called Canada since time immemorial. The area now called Toronto is located on the territories of the Mississauga of the Credit River, the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg Nations, and the Wendat Peoples. The land is covered by Treaty 13 and the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement.

This exhibit addresses ideas of Canadian nationhood and belonging. Elements of modern Canada that this exhibit will ask you to think about, like citizenship rights and national identity, have also been used in Canada’s history as instruments of colonial violence. They have been used to exclude and dispossess Indigenous Peoples.

It is our responsibility to honestly engage with this past, and the ways it still impacts Indigenous Peoples today. We encourage you to learn more about Toronto and its Indigenous Peoples. Here are some places to start:

If you would like to support Indigenous communities in Toronto, and learn more about their ongoing relationships to the lands now called Canada, here are some resources:

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