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September 22, 2010
Parler Fort - speaking out about our history
  
Parler Fort, Fort York National Historic Site's new discussion series, launches September 27 at 7:30 p.m. with an exploration of the 1828 Council at Fort York, an event that profoundly shaped the history of Toronto and the history of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.

On January 30, 1828 three leading Mississauga chiefs (Ajetance, Sunday and Paudash) were bluntly informed that, contrary to their own understanding, the British now owned the land on which their communities stood. This was a mere 14 years after the War of 1812-14 during which the Mississauga served as British allies.

Called When the Landlords Became Tenants, the first Parler Fort discussion features Donald Smith, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Calgary and the author of Sacred Feathers. He will be joined by Mississaugas First Nation community leaders Chief Bryan LaForme and Carolyn King, and community historian Margaret Sault.

This timely discussion highlights the productive new era in Toronto's relationship with the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, as a result of the recent settlement of the Toronto Purchase Claim. In June 2010, members of Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation agreed to a settlement with the Government of Canada for the Toronto Purchase in 1805. For more information on this historic moment, including quotes from Mayor David Miller and a speech from Chief Bryan LaForme to Toronto City Council please visit: http://www.heritagetoronto.org/news/story/2010/09/14/settlement-toronto-purchase.

For information about this event, call 416-392-6907 (x221). Admission is $10. For reservations e-mail fortyork@toronto.ca

Parler Fort continues its exploration of Toronto's past, present and future on November 8 when historian J.L. Granatstein speaks about his new book The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History (co-authored with Dean Oliver). The Parler Fort discussion series reinforces the central role Fort York continues to have in defining and reflecting Toronto's history.

Fort York National Historic Site is where urban Toronto was founded in 1793 and was the location of a traumatic battle involving U.S., British, Canadian and First Nations combatants, defending the Town of York (Toronto) during the War of 1812. The war, a critical turning point in the story of Canada’s development as an independent nation, will be commemorated during its bicentennial in 2012-14 across North America.

Fort York National Historic Site is one of 10 historic museums operated by City of Toronto Cultural Services. It is located at 250 Fort York Blvd. For more information on Fort York, visit http://www.toronto.ca/fortyork.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact:
Shane Gerard, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-397-5711, sgerard@toronto.ca



 

 

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