Eli Ridder | Report

Humber College’s soon-to-open Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation will add a new Indigenous Cultural Marker to many already in place on its campuses called Anishinaabeyaadiziwin Miikana, described as “a symbol of Anishinaabeg history and longstanding presence.”

The structure, which should not be confused with a totem pole, tells the Seven Stages of Life as part of the Anishinaabe Life Path story of creation, journey and destination, according to a description released by the college on its culture markers page.

Anishinaabeyaadiziwin Miikana concept art from Humber College.

Humber is located in Adoobiigok, known as “Place of the Black Alders” in Anishinaabemowin, the Ojibwe language, the college writes.

It is uniquely situated along GabeKanang Ziibi — the Humber River — providing an integral connection for Indigenous peoples between the northern shore of Lake Ontario and the Lake Simcoe Georgian Bay region.

Humber’s Indigenous Cultural Markers at its North and Lakeshore Campuses are “designed to place the college in the context of the long history of Indigenous peoples in what is now called the Greater Toronto Area.”

The building the new marker is in will officially open on Wednesday.

Marker being built in late 2018 from Ryan Gorrie’s website.

The Avro Post has reached out to Ryan Gorrie, the leader for a team of eight with Indigenous heritage that have so far worked on the three cultural marker sites on campus, for more information on the background to the project.

Image of Anishinaabeyaadiziwin Miikana from Humber College.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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