Both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day take place on September 30.

Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family, and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”.  The orange shirt is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom, and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.

The WTJHS stands in solidarity with all of Canada today honouring the children who died while attending residential schools and the survivors, families, and communities still affected by the horrible legacy of the residential school system.

Sidewalk Stories: Robbery, Railroads & Ruckus in The Junction (September 24, 25, 2022)

Developed in collaboration with Myseum and Neil Ross, get your inquisitive minds ready for this rollicking walk through one of Toronto’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, led by veteran walking tour host Neil Ross!

As you explore the history and streets of the Junction, sharpen your knowledge with answers to queries such as: “did some of the Junction’s earliest residents come up on the Underground Railroad? Who robbed the Royal Mail outside one of the Junction’s first taverns? And just how wild does a town have to get to shut down its own bars?

After getting to know the fascinating stories of the Junction, test you knowledge with a quiz and complimentary drink at Junction Craft Brewery.

For more information, and to sign up, please visit the Myseum website.

TALK: Toronto’s Stockyards District – Then and Now (October 6, 2022)

The WTJHS invites you to join us for a special talk on October 6, 2022. Toronto’s Stockyards District – Then and Now is an illustrated talk on one of the most important and unique industrial areas of Toronto, which has all but been replaced by large box stores and homes. The talk will feature both Vincenzo Pietropaolo’s photographs from the1980s—most of which have never been seen before—and his photographs of the same streets and lands as they appear today.

Vincenzo Pietropaolo is a photographer and writer who has published over a dozen books. He has focused primarily on social justice issues, including migrant farm workers and people with disabilities, and often combines photographs with his own original writing. His photographs are in the collections of major museums in Canada, and on permanent inter-active display in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.  He has been a life-long chronicler of his adopted city, Toronto, which is the subject of his next book: Toronto as Community: Fifty Years of Photography, to be published in May, 2023 by Cormorant Books.

West Toronto Junction Historical Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: WTJHS General Meeting

Time: Oct 6, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Indigenous First Story Walking Tour: Video & Conversation

The WTJHS will be having a showing of the “Indigenous First Story Walking Tour: Keele-St Clair” video on Thursday, June 9th, at 7 PM.

Producers and narrators Angel Brant (Cree and Mohawk from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory) and Shak Gobert (Cree and mixed blood from Frog Lake First Nation) will be joining us to speak about the process and behind the scenes work of the video.

This excellent, entertaining, and informative video highlights the importance of the essential Indigenous knowledge in shaping our present-day roads and routes of commerce in West Toronto. Angel and Shak will then have an open discussion about how settlers (non-indigenous people) can strive to become better Indigenous allies and touch on other critical Indigenous issues. 

To participate in this event, please find the Zoom information below:

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