Janet Sumner speaks at the MNO
Toronto and York Region Métis Council
Lands and Resources Symposium on
Oct. 28.

Written by Darlene Braz

Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Toronto and York Region Métis Council (TYRMC) hosted its Lands and Resources Symposium at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg on Oct. 28.

The goal of the symposium was to tell citizens about the lands and resources-based initiatives in the region that the council has engaged in over the last year.

This year’s theme was “Honouring the Land and Our Ancestors” and attendees heard from several guest speakers from the Toronto and York Region.

Among the invited speakers was Jonathan Araujo from the Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He spoke about a space that is set to open in Toronto later next year that will serve as a cultural and technological hub for Indigenous people.

Arlen Leeming, of the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority, discussed natural revitalization projects in the city with an emphasis on water reservoirs. Next, Janet Sumner, of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, talked about her work on environmental sustainability while incorporating social and economic factors. She also highlighted some upcoming volunteer opportunities for attendees to get involved in.

Following a break for questions and coffee, participants were led in a gallery tour focusing on the Indigenous art pieces displayed in the McMichael art collection.

Posted: Jan. 15, 2019