James Bird, a second-year graduate student at the Daniels Faculty, was a participant on a panel at last week's Connecting Indigenous Placemakers symposium.
The event, which took place at Artscape Gibraltar Point, on the Toronto Islands, was a coming together of Indigenous planners, designers, artists, and architects—and not just from Canada. Also in attendance was a contingent of representatives of Nga Aho, an organization of Māori design professionals from New Zealand.
After the conclusion of the symposium, Bird, who in addition to being an architecture student is a knowledge keeper from the Nehiyawak and Dene nations, invited a few visitors to drop by One Spadina for a look at the facility. Liat Margolis, the director of the Daniels Faculty's Master of Landscape Architecture program, led Tokie Laotan-Brown and Nga Aho members Josephine Clarke and George Woolford (pictured above, next to Bird) on a tour.