Please join us for an open house hosted by the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and Massey College on Friday, October 25, 2019. The open house commences at 9:00 AM in the Junior Common Room (see proceedings below), and runs until 12:00 PM.
In June 2018, Massey College invited the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation to take up an office at the college, providing a base from which MCFN officials could visit and conduct business in the city.
“It is a privilege and a pleasure to open our office at Massey College,” said MCFN Chief R. Stacey Laforme, who was appointed an honorary Senior Fellow of Massey College in 2017. “We wish to replicate this office in other locations throughout our treaty lands. Selecting Massey as the first location in Toronto feels right and makes a lot of sense because of the strong relationship we have already forged. I look forward to many interactions with the diverse Massey College and University of Toronto communities, as well as with the many people and organizations who call Toronto home. It is good to be back!”
“Our partnership with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation presents many rich opportunities for compelling conversations and collaborations,” said Nathalie Des Rosiers, Principal of Massey College. “We welcome the Mississaugas to Massey, and we look forward to continuing our work advancing reconciliation. Nous sommes très fiers de notre partenariat avec les Mississaugas of the Credit. C’est dans un esprit de réconciliation que nous travaillerons à développer les opportunités de collaboration.”
Massey College is also home to the third Chapel Royal in Canada. Named the Queen’s Anishinaabek Sacred Place, the chapel commemorates the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and the Treaty of Niagara of 1764—thereby acknowledging the nation-to-nation relationship in that proclamation, as well as the complex and often painful history between the Crown and Indigenous nations, and the need for continued acts of reconciliation.
9:00 AM Arrival
9:20 AM Drum opening
9:30 AM Remarks
Justice Harry LaForme
Nathalie Des Rosiers, Massey College Principal
Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell
Toronto Mayor John Tory
MCFN Chief Stacey Laforme
Continental breakfast and refreshments, Upper Library
11:00 AM Tour of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation’s Office at Massey College
11:30 AM Tour of the Chapel Royal