University of Toronto

Office of the
President

25th Anniversary of First Nations House at U of T

November 20, 2017

President Gertler hosted a reception celebrating the 25th anniversary of First Nations House. The event began and ended with hand drumming by Jenny Blackbird, coordinator of Ciimaan/Kahuwe’yá/Qajaq (CKQ), the Indigenous language hub within U of T’s Centre for Indigenous Studies. Andrew Wesley, Elder-in-Residence, First Nations House, opened the event, which included remarks by President Gertler; Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo, U of T’s Director of Indigenous Initiatives; Shannon Simpson, Director of Aboriginal Student Services, First Nations House; and Lisa Boivin, a graduate student at U of T’s Faculty of Medicine.