About the project

The re>Tkaronto Project aims to restore Indigenous presence to downtown Toronto in the neighborhood bounded by Carlton St./Allen Gardens to the North, Sherbourne St. in the East, Jarvis St. in the west and Queen St./Moss Park in the south through a process of placemaking that is led by Indigenous youth. 

The project is organized to engage Indigenous Youth and Elders to identify Indigenous place-making opportunities in downtown Toronto determined in consultation with the City of Toronto. The project will result in a Vision Framework for the core of Toronto. In addition, a pilot project Indigenous Gathering Place will be identified and a concept design prepared.
The project will support a series of place-making workshops for an Indigenous youth cohort. In addition, 6 school workshops will be held at an Indigenous grade school. The workshops will be supported with Indigenous Place Making Council Mentors. Mentors who are professionals in the place-making professions (urban planning, landscape architecture, architecture, engineering) who will work with youth participants to gather these visions and translate them it into an implementation package. The preparation of this technical work will be led by Indigenous professionals.




  • Anishnawbe Health Toronto (AHT)

AHT follows a multi-disciplinary model of health care based on Indigenous culture and traditions. Their mandate is directed by a volunteer Board made up of community members.

  • Friends of Allan Gardens (FOAG)

FOAG is a volunteer group composed of neighbours, civic leaders, and engaged city builders who are concerned with actively promoting the vitality of Allan Gardens. The group’s mission is to reinvigorate the park through creative strategies that will improve open spaces, nurture local culture, and attract a larger and more diverse group of users.

  • Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto (NWRTC)

NWRTC is guided by the Seven Sacred teachings: Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility, and Truth. They bring these seven teachings, indigenous traditions, and cultures into their programming, events, and ways of being.

  • Waakebiness - Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at University of Toronto

Through partnerships built on respect, inclusion and trust, researchers and educators from across the University of Toronto work with community partners and Indigenous peoples to address the complex factors that underlie disparities in health between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

  • The 519

The 519 is a City of Toronto agency with an innovative model of Service, Space and Leadership, that strives to make a real difference in people’s lives, while working to promote inclusion, understanding and respect for the local community and broader LGBTQ communities.

  • Ontario 150 Partnership Program

  • City of Toronto