Artwork along the waterfront will form a public art trail of works by Indigenous artists. This will include permanent public artworks, murals on buildings near the waterfront and the use of natural materials in public art installations.
The City of Mississauga is located on the Treaty and Traditional Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, The Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Huron-Wendat and Wyandot Nations.
People have lived along the shores of Lake Ontario, in what is now the City of Mississauga, for over 10,000 years. The Lake Ontario Shoreline and Credit River are closely associated with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, who occupied the Credit River from the late 17th and early 18th centuries to the mid-19th century.
Mississauga’s waterfront shoreline along Lake Ontario measures approximately 22 kilometres and extends west from Toronto towards Oakville. While there is Indigenous art located throughout the city, the shoreline of Lake Ontario provides rich opportunities to celebrate and honour Indigenous peoples, their culture, history and ongoing stewardship of the lands and waters.
Philip Cote is a Sundancer, Pipe Carrier and Sweat Ceremony leader from Moose Deer Point First Nation. He is a Young Spiritual Elder, Artist, Activist, Historian and Traditional Wisdom Keeper. Philip was selected by an external public art jury, which included representatives from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, as the curatorial advisor to guide the commissioning of Indigenous public art along the waterfront.
Philip will be working with the City’s public art program to determine future locations along the waterfront that are suitable for Indigenous public art and develop guiding themes for the artwork.
The City’s public art program supports City and community-led initiatives to bring Indigenous art to public and private spaces along the waterfront.
View the growing collection and learn more about some of these featured pieces.
The City’s public art program is grateful to collaborate with City and community partners to grow a collection of Indigenous public art along the waterfront: Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko, Heritage Mississauga, FRAM + Slokker, Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services and local Port Credit residents.
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