Humber College is honouring Indigenous voices and experiences with the installation of Indigenous Cultural Markers (ICMs) on college campuses. The ICMs are designed to place the college in the context of the long history of Indigenous peoples in what is now called the Greater Toronto Area.
“The inspiration for the Indigenous Cultural Markers came from the desire to find a contemporary way to explore the land acknowledgement for the geographic area where Humber is located,” says Shelley Charles, Indigenous education and engagement dean. “It’s our responsibility to ensure we provide as many histories as possible in the education and knowledge we impart.”
The Great Migration markers at the Lakeshore Campus tell the story of the Anishinaabe people. The markers feature several key stopping points along the journey from the eastern shores of Turtle Island to the western end of Ojibwe Gitchi-Gameh (today’s Lake Superior).
Humber College is located in Adoobiigok, known as Place of the Black Alders in the Ojibwe Anishinaabe language. It is situated along GabeKanang Ziibi, the Humber River, providing an integral connection for Indigenous peoples between the northern shore of Lake Ontario and the Lake Simcoe Georgian Bay region.
Architects Ryan Gorrie and David Thomas served as the lead designers for this project.