City of Toronto launches digital storytelling project to celebrate Toronto Island’s unique history
Mayor John Tory just launched Island Stories. It is a new digital storytelling project that invites Torontonians to share their Toronto Island story. So far…featured stories from locals include: DJ/producer/video artist Bear Witness (from A Tribe Called Red), photographer Soteeoh, Juno Award-winning rapper Shad, island resident April Hickox, and the students from Toronto Island Public/Natural Science School.
DJ/producer/video artist Bear Witness (from A Tribe Called Red)
Juno Award-winning rapper Shad
Island residents April Hickox
Students from Toronto Island Public/Natural Science School
But they want to hear all of your stories too!
The City is actively seeking submissions for stories. Anyone with a story to share about the Islands is encouraged to submit it at – toronto.ca/islandstories.
Some examples of submission formats include:
– images with captions
– video testimonials
– audio recordings
– written submissions
– photo essays
Toronto Mayor John Tory
The Island is a well-loved and well-known destination and has always played an important role in the history of Toronto and the lives of the people who have lived here. First to the Mississaugas of the Credit as a place for ceremonial gathering and healing, and then as an important refuge from the hustle and bustle of the big city. I know I’m joined by many in my fond memories of time spent on the Island. The City is looking to reimagine what Toronto Island Park could be and could offer future generations. I hope you’ll join me by sharing your recollections and helping plan the new vision for the park.
Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 10 Spadina-Fort York)
Toronto Island holds a special place in our hearts. From canoeing in the harbour to lounging on the beach, to taking in the view of the city’s skyline, the Island is a place where we come together with friends, family, and loved ones to appreciate all our city has to offer. As the work begins on the inclusive and equitable Master Plan for Toronto Island Park, I invite everyone to join in and share their thoughts and ideas for what the future of the Island could look like.
Chief R. Stacey Laforme, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
For many generations, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation have held the lands of Toronto Island in high regard as a sacred place. Our ancestors named this place “Menacing” which means “on the Island.” “On the Island” we have buried our dead and have welcomed our children into the world. The island was a place of refreshment and rejuvenation for our people as we brought our sick to be healed and we participated in the many ceremonies that marked our lives. As the City seeks a renewed vision for the Island, I hope that its citizens will join with my people in revering this sacred place in our treaty lands and territory for the next seven generations.