As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, this year’s Hancock Lecture addressed the 15,000-year history of Toronto, or Tkaronto, as a home to Indigenous peoples and the ways in which their legacy and language must be recognized, respected and encouraged to flourish.


Speaker Susan Blight examined the potential for real change, renewed relationships and the repatriation of Indigenous land and life in Tkaronto.  This examination is particularly relevant now in light of the Final Report of the University of Toronto’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Steering Committee, which was submitted to the President and Provost on January 13.

Susan is an Anishinaabe artist and co-founder of the Ogimaa Mikana project, an art collective working to revitalize and reclaim the Anishinaabeg language and territory. Guided by ancestors and committed to future generations, the Ogimaa Mikana project and its supporters seek to activate a decolonial future where Indigenous language is heard, spoken, and valued.

As a site for bringing together Indigenous and non-indigenous people, Susan sees Tkaronto as unique in its combination of cultural diversity and civic engagement. It can become a place to examine new ways of thinking about solidarity-building and creative practices of resistance in support of an Indigenous resurgence in both language and presence.

Following her presentation, Susan was joined for an onstage discussion with artist and activist Kim Katrin Milan and moderator Karyn Recollet.

The evening opened with a prayer delivered by a traditional teacher.


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  • Date: Tue, Feb 7, 2017
  • Time & Duration: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (EST) (2h)
  • Cost:
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  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Hart House Theatre

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