Wonscotonach Workshops

river surrounded by trees Image: Geoff Fitzgerald
Image: Geoff Fitzgerald

This fall, Evergreen and OCADU’s Indigenous Visual Culture Program are co-hosting the first in a series of workshops led by acclaimed Indigenous artists and knowledge keepers, taking place in the area around Toronto’s Don River Valley and at OCADU.

These walks and workshops invite students, artists and members of the public to consider the landscape and waterways of Toronto together, and to think through the role of language and of naming in forming our understanding of and relationship to the land.

The Wonscotonach Workshops will run from Fall 2019 until Summer 2020. The first phase of workshops in October and November 2019 were developed with artist Jason Baerg and will be led by artists and knowledge keepers including Alan Colley, Philip Cote and Susan Blight.

Walk and Talk with Alan Colley at Evergreen Brick Works 

Join Alan Colley, founder of Aboriginal Eco Tours, for a walk along the trails behind Evergreen Brick Works, followed by an indoor discussion.

Date: October 28, 2019 

Time: 12:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Location: Evergreen Brick Works, meet at the Young Welcome Centre.

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Artist Talk and Conversation with Philip Cote at OCADU

Join acclaimed painter and muralist Philip Cote for an artist talk and conversation at OCADU.

Date: November 4, 2019 

Time: 12:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Location: OCAD University, 113 McCaul Street, Room 525.

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Walk and Talk with Susan Blight at Evergreen Brick Works 

Join artist Susan Blight for a walk along the trails behind Evergreen Brick Works, followed by an indoor discussion.

Date: November 11, 2019 

Time: 12:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Location: Evergreen Brick Works, meet at the Young Welcome Centre.

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About the series

The proposal for this particular series of workshops came after the City of Toronto’s plan to rename the Don River Valley Parklands in 2020. The proposed new name, Wonscotonach Parklands, comes from the documented Anishnaabemowin place name for the Lower Don River. Wonscotonach likely translates to "burning bright point," referring to the practice of torchlight salmon spearing on the river, where the Mississaugas of the Credit had a seasonal settlement and fished and hunted the marshlands for muskrat, duck and deer. In the 1790s, the river was re-named the Don River by John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, and his wife Lady Simcoe, who named local landmarks after favoured places and personages in England. 

The series prioritizes Indigenous-led research and learning around the area’s renaming and establishes land-based knowledge as an ongoing principle in artistic research in the city. Jointly developed between Evergreen and OCADU, the series lays the groundwork for future collaborations and connections between institutions and emerging and established artists.

Dates & Times

Last Date: November 11, 2019

The Wonscotonach Workshops will run from Fall 2019 until Summer 2020.

Prices & Fees

Free to attend, please register in advance through Eventbrite.

Contact

DRVP@evergreen.ca

Location

Google Map of Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto ON

Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON, M4W 3X8

Wheelchair accessibleThis event is wheelchair-accessible.