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Mississauga Celebrates its Indigenous Community in a Month Dedicated to their History and Culture

In Canada, June marks both National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a time for learning about and acknowledging Indigenous peoples as the original and continued residents of Canada, while recognizing the contributions of today’s First Nations; Métis and Inuit leaders.

“Celebrating and honouring the history, heritage and culture of the Indigenous peoples in our community has never been more important,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “In a time when we, as a City, continue to mourn the 215 innocent lives lost at a former residential school in in Kamloops, B.C., we have to make a vow as a country to do better. It isn’t enough to focus on Indigenous history, heritage and culture for just one month a year. We have to make a commitment to lifelong, continuous learning.”

From libraries to museums, the City is offering a number of free, virtual activities and information-sharing to help residents continue or kick-start learning more about Mississauga’s Indigenous history. 

Activities and Events

What: Film screenings by Indigenous filmmakers and media artists, as part of the Public Art Program’s Art on the Screens at Celebration Square. Remarks from Chief R. Stacey LaForme of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation will be shown prior to the start of each program. The Moccasin Identifier Project, a program to promote public awareness of significant cultural historic sites and the ancestral presence of First Nations, Metis and Indigenous Communities, will also be featured at Celebration Square.

Where: Digital media screens on Mississauga Celebration Square

When: National Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, June 21 between 2 and 10 p.m.

What: Indigenous Learning Circle led by Traditional Indigenous Elder, Cat Criger

This weekly learning circle explores Indigenous cultures, perspectives and issues. Thoughts and questions of the participants, Indigenous teaching and philosophies will help guide the discussions to facilitate an intercultural dialogue. 

Where: Virtual experience. Registration details can be found here: mississaugalibrary.ca/IHM.

When: Weekly starting on Monday, June 21

What: A celebration to honour and learn about the history, culture and heritage of Indigenous people in Canada

All sessions will begin with a virtual smudge ceremony that leads into a teaching followed by sharing reflections and questions.

Where: Virtual experience. Registration details can be found here: mississaugalibrary.ca/IHM

When:

·       Tuesday, June 15 – Whose Land Are You On…the Language of Treaties

·       Tuesday, June 22 – Indigenous Place and Space and Language: changing culture

·       Tuesday, June 29 – Your Connections to Calls to Action

“We continue to grieve alongside the Indigenous members of our community and across the country following the tragic discovery in Kamloops last month,” said Paul Mitcham, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “As a City, we are offering ways to take that grief and channel it into useful activities that can help us learn and grow. Nothing can change what has happened but we can certainly work toward a more equitable, fair and balanced city and country.”

In addition to the above activities, a book list is also available through the Mississauga Library featuring books by Indigenous authors. A short video of Elder Cat Criger talking about Indigenous History Month is also available on the Library’s YouTube channel.

SARA WILBUR-COLLINS APPOINTED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE RIVERWOOD CONSERVANCY

The Riverwood Conservancy (TRC) is happy to announce the appointment of Sara Wilbur-Collins as its new Executive Director. Sara comes to TRC with over 20 years of conservation organization experience, most recently serving as the Executive Director of the Grand River Conservation Foundation.

A strategic leader who values collaboration with board members, volunteers, and staff, Sara has proven her ability to build relationships, reach philanthropic goals, and achieve long-term success. She comes to TRC at a time when Mississauga residents have increasingly turned to Riverwood as a place of solace amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and as the organization has expanded its reach through virtual programs to connect more people with nature.

“We are most excited to have Sara’s expertise and enthusiasm to further the development of our organization, and we’re looking forward to a successful future under her leadership,” said Carolyn Sherk, Chair of the Board of Directors at The Riverwood Conservancy.

“I’m looking forward to working with The Riverwood Conservancy’s staff, volunteers, members, donors, and supporters to preserve the beauty and ecological health of Riverwood, while continuing to connect our community with nature through our programs,” said Sara.

Sara assumed her role on June 14, 2021. The Riverwood Conservancy would like to thank Robin Haley-Gillin for stepping in to fill the role of Acting Executive Director in March 2021, and for all her contributions since then.

About The Riverwood Conservancy

The Riverwood Conservancy is the charity that provides programs and direction for Riverwood – the 150-acre, urban nature preserve situated on the shores of the Credit River in Mississauga. Working together with like-minded groups and individuals, our mission is to enable people of all cultures, ages, and abilities to respectfully connect with nature and learn about the importance of protecting, conserving and restoring natural spaces for the well-being of future generations – all while experiencing the beauty of the Riverwood gardens.

June is Recreation and Parks Month

We’re celebrating by encouraging everyone to get out and explore Mississauga’s magnificent green spaces. With more than 500 parks, 393 km of trails, 266 playgrounds and 7,853 acres of parkland, our parks are spaces for everyone to enjoy!

There are many hidden gems throughout Mississauga, which support multiple outdoor leisure activities. As summer draws near, try out one of Mississauga’s many trails  – you may see some blue jays, woodpeckers, cardinals and some of the other beautiful birds or wildlife that make the city their home. Whether you’re going out for a morning jog, an evening walk, a brisk workout or looking to connect with nature, the City’s trails are the perfect location for you.

You may want to try some of our wonderful multi-use trails like those nearRiverwoodBurnhamthorpe Trail and Lake Aquitaine Trail. They allow you to enjoy the natural sounds and views that can have a relaxing and calming effect on your day.

Mississauga’s parks are an excellent opportunity for photographers of all levels, capturing both the splendour of nature and man-made features such as landscapes, sculptures and urban design. The majestic trees and colourful flowers are a photographer’s dream.

If you’re a bike enthusiast, we have you covered. Mississauga has added many bike lanes to our streets, and our network of bike trails span the entire city. Whether you seek an active way to get to work or little adventurous biking, Mississauga has a path for you – try Mississauga’s cycling map.

Being physically active is good for physical and mental health. If you prefer recreation or fitness, City parks are great for individual yoga and meditation sessions. If you’re looking to be more active at home, you can check out the City’s ‘Stay home stay active’ webpage to access online videos, nutritional tips, home workouts, and family fun activities for all ages and abilities. 

If you’re into sports, our Lakeview Golf Course and BraeBen Golf Course and driving range are open and accepting tee times. If you prefer some family time and enjoy virtual activities, try our Family Fun Corner. It is always creative and fun for all ages. The City also offers a number of outdoor amenities open to residents to enjoy such as spray pads, skateboard parks, BMX parks, batting cages, sports courts (basketball, tennis) and sport fields (soccer, softball). Team sports or any other sports or games that involve coming within two metres of each other are not to be practised or played at this time.

Stay up-to-date and informed about provincial guidelines for outdoor recreation and recreational amenities as they may change. If outside, please follow all health and safety COVID-19 guidelines by staying two metres apart from those not in your household and wearing a face covering or mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Let’s all get out and enjoy our marvellous recreation amenities, parks and trails. The City of Mississauga has a great resource to explore and find many parks, please visit mississauga.ca/parks and mississauga.ca/recreation.

For more information on June is Recreation and Parks month, visit JRPM information.

The Mississauga Steelheads sign first round pick Luke Misa to Standard Player Agreement

“I’m excited to sign with the Steelheads. Looking forward to learning from my new coaches and teammates- proud to wear the blue and white!”

Luke Misa

Steelheads General Manager and Head Coach, James Richmond announced early Monday morning that 2021 first round pick, Luke Misa has signed a Standard Player Agreement with the hockey club.

The 9th overall pick in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection, registered an impressive 62 points (31 goals, 31 assists) in 33 games at center for the Oakville Rangers during the 2019-20 season. Misa was one of the top scorers for the Rangers during the campaign with a point per game average of 1.88 and is known for his speed.

“(Oakville was) a quick team and he was probably their quickest straight-line skater. Not many guys in his age group can keep up with him,” OHL Director of Central Scouting Darrell Woodley said in Misa’s prospect profile.

Steelheads GM and Head Coach, James Richmond commented on today’s signing, “We are excited to announce that Luke Misa and his Family have committed to the Mississauga Steelheads. Luke is a fast dynamic player with the puck. His ability to make plays at high speed will no doubt bring Steelheads fans out of their seats. Even without the puck, Luke’s on ice intelligence and energy allows him to strip pucks from his opponents which will fit in real nicely with the uptempo Steelheads style of play. We can’t wait to see Luke in the blue and white very soon! We are very happy to welcome Luke and his family to our Steelheads family and can’t wait to get started.”

Canadian Music Week and Mississauga Music Award winner, Dani Kristina, releases her new disco-pop single entitled “Gambler”

The music video features TikTok sensation @katamogz, owner of EN FLIQUE Creative

Award winning artist Dani Kristina, releases her hot new disco-pop single entitled “Gambler” and the official music video featuring TikTok star @katamogz. Inspired by personal experiences and from those around her, “Gambler” reflects on the imagery of relationships depicting the idea of wondering whether or not the other individual reciprocates the same feelings. Produced by Grammy-nominee Trevor James Anderson and written by Dani Kristina, the new single is an energetic disco-pop track that sonically encompasses sounds similar to Dua Lipa, the “new” Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson. This past year Dani Kristina was named the Best New Solo Artist by Canadian Music Week and Mississauga Music. Her music video for “Drift Away,” won Best Pop Music Video at Dropout Entertainment’s Independent Canadian Music Video Awards.

The single is now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music Spotify and YouTube.

“Gambler” is an energetic disco-pop song inspired by the vintage synths of various influences, telling the story of a failed relationship when one person is more invested than the other. With the music video featuring TikTok star @katamogz (En Flique Creative), this song explores the risks of being “all in” to somebody without being aware of the risks. The music video was self-directed and edited by Dani Kristina, but she also worked with cinematographer Paul Persic to make the vision come to life. Taking place in a vintage casino, the symbolism of the lyrical story is shown through Dani Kristina and a girl playing blackjack, where the dealer represents the person they both have feelings for, and as the two “play” for him, he ultimately holds the cards that decides who wins.

The release of “Gambler” is just the beginning for Dani Kristina. In the coming months she will be releasing more tracks that explore the relationship presented in “Gambler,” and one’s feelings as they change over time. Be sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to keep up with new releases!