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Official Unveiling of the First Nations Stories within The Shared Path/le Sentier Partagé

Oct 20, 2011

Media Advisory

On Saturday October 22, representatives of Six Nations of the Grand River, Mississaugas of the New Credit, and Huron-Wendat First Nations will unveil historical plaques which share their ancestral ties to the Humber River at the official unveiling of the First Nations Stories within The Shared Path/Le Sentier Partagé.

The First Nations heritage celebration honours the extensive history of First Nations on the Humber River, and thanks and recognizes the partnership of the three First Nations in The Shared Path project. The Shared Path is Toronto's newest Discovery Walk that is 15 km long and loops through the Humber River Valley. It consists of 13 historical nodes that describe Canada's early history where it actually happened along the banks of the Humber River. As visitors walk along The Shared Path they will learn more about the cultural heritage and history of the Humber River, from its ancient Aboriginal portage route to modern roads and railways, from First Nation settlements to 18th century French trading posts and the beginnings of French Toronto, and from the ruins of water-powered mills to the birth of industrial Toronto.   

The new interpretative panels document the ancient connection to the Humber River of the Huron-Wendat, Six Nations of the Grand River, and Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations', and mark, in particular, the history of their significant archaeological sites and artifacts found in this area.  The panels also tell the story of the ancient use of the Humber River valley as a portage route to Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay, of the vast indigenous trade networks that included this portage route, and of the indigenous villages that were established on the river to benefit from that trade.  At each First Nation plaque site, the clan symbols of the respective First Nation have been etched into stone. 

WHAT: Official unveiling of the First Nations Shared Path plaques and a river-side bonfire.

WHO:  Representatives of Six Nations of the Grand River, Mississaugas of the New Credit, and Huron-Wendat First Nations, City of Toronto, Toronto and Region Conservation, Heritage Toronto. 

WHEN:  Saturday, October 22, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Etienne Brule Park, on the east side of the Humber River, north of the Old Mill Bridge

Rain Location: The Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas Street

 

TIME:               1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

ACCESS to Etienne Brule Park:

By TTC: From, Old Mill Subway Station, walk north to Old Mill Road and take Old Mill Raod over the Humber River to Etienne Brule Park

By Car: Free Public Parking available in Etienne Brule Parking lot

The development of The Shared Path/Le Sentier Partagé Discovery Walk was spearheaded through a partnership between La Société d'histoire de Toronto, Toronto and Region Conservation and the City of Toronto.

With more than 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. TRCA's vision is for the Living City - a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca  

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media@trca.on.ca

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