This past month, our campus hosted Congress 2017 and celebrated its theme: “The Next 150, On Indigenous Lands.” Congress participants, along with the Ryerson community, looked to the future of Canada by reflecting on its past through a series of innovative workshops, presentations and events. Excited to take part in this historical event, we decided to explore a few events happening around campus and see what Congress was all about.
The first event we visited took root in Pitman Quad through the efforts of the Indigenous Communication and Design Network. Bringing an Indigenous worldview into focus, this creative Tipi installation, titled Survival Through Sovereignty, displayed the names of 150 missing Indigenous youth. Between daily Tipi teachings, visitors were encouraged to gather around the central fire to share stories, learn about Indigenous culture and offer a prayer by burning a combination of sage, cedar and tobacco.