Virtual Speaker Series to Explore Niagara’s Past and Present Indigenous Connections

June 1, 2021

Niagara Parks

  • In partnership with Landscape of Nations 360°, Niagara Parks will host three virtual speaker events during Indigenous Month in June
  • Virtual events will be held on June 10th, 17th and 24th, with full details and tickets available at niagaraparks.com/indigenous

Niagara Falls, ON – Niagara Parks has partnered with Landscape of Nations 360° to offer a virtual speaker series in June in celebration of National Indigenous History Month. The three-part series features commentators specializing in Indigenous history, art and culture with a focus on Indigenous connections along the Niagara Parkway.

The series features a diverse line-up of Indigenous leaders, historians and artists.

  • June 10: Designing the Landscape of Nations Memorial, Tim Johnson, Tom Ridout & Raymond Skye
  • June 17: Strawberry Moon Matriarch Circle, Renee Thomas-Hill & Jackie Labonte
  • June 24: The Battle of Chippawa: The Divide Among Peoples, Jim Hill & Travis Hill

The land along the Niagara River has been recognized as a spiritual place with rich ties to Indigenous history and culture for many generations. Oral tradition and archaeological evidence indicate that Indigenous peoples have lived along the Niagara River, from Fort Erie north to the shores of Lake Ontario in Niagara-on-the-Lake, for 13,000 years and the series will provide attendees with an in depth look at this history. Each session will include an interactive question and answer period with the speakers following their presentations.

Additional event details, speaker bios and tickets are available at niagaraparks.com/indigenous. Tickets are $15 per event, with access to all three events available for $35. All sessions will begin at 7:00pm.

Media assets are available here.

Niagara Parks

Niagara Parks

The Niagara Parks Commission is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.