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The Spirit Garden Podcast

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The Spirit Garden is slated to open at Nathan Phillips Square in 2023. This 19,250 square foot Indigenous cultural space will honour Residential School Survivors and Indigenous cultural traditions. This event explores the logistics of creating the Garden (partners, key players, negotiations) and the importance of Indigenous place-making, allyship, reconciliation and resurgence in these projects. The All Nations Juniors Drum Group opens and closes the session by playing honour songs. Organized by the Jack Layton Chair.

Theo Nazary

Theo Nazary is Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre’s strategic planner and a member of the Spirit Garden project team. A graduate of McMaster University and the University of Toronto with a professional certificate in Project Management, Theo has been involved in several large-scale academic research projects like the Impact of Digital Technology on First Nations Participation and Governance (McMaster university, 2015) and the Internet Voting Project for Ontario (UToronto, 2014). Theo's Doctoral studies explores the contemporary tensions, complexities, and contradictions in the relations between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state.

Council Fire's All Nations Juniors Drum Group

Council Fire’s All Nations Juniors Drum Group is a First Nations Pow Wow style youth drum group started 8 years ago to bring empowerment and identity to the youth. The All Nations Juniors Drum Group consist of youth that come from many different nations and communities across Turtle Island. These nations include Dakota, Ojibwe, Chippewa and Cree singers and drummers. The drum started with just one singer and now has many singers of all ages teaching each other new and old songs. All Nations Juniors Drum Group have been recognized as an honorable drum in our communities and continue to share their songs with people of all backgrounds.

Jack Layton Chair Youtube Channel

Click below to see featured videos including the Layton Shorts, interviews between community leaders and students curated by Ken Moffatt, and archival livestreams of Jack Layton Chair events.

Jack Layton Chair Zine

Click below to read the first ever Jack Layton Chair Zine!

In this issue we focus on some events from 2020. Prior Jack Layton Chairs Doreen Fumia and Myer Siemiatycki, talk about the history of their work, the history of the chair as well as key people who have been associated with Jack Layton Chair. Danielle Reynolds and Marzian Alan, attendees to the Jack Layton Leadership School, one of the many events sponsored by the Jack Layton Chair, share poetry and a reflection on solidarity during the school.

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