Restoration of Home Place and Kijimba Kind

The City of Pickering is pleased to welcome Artist Dorsey James to Alex Robertson Park.  The artist /creator will be restoring his work Kijimba Kind. The artist along with Shane Clodd and students from Dunbarton High School originally created and installed this collection of works, along with Home Place in 2001. The project was completed through a partnership between PineRidge Arts Council, Ontario Power Generation – Pickering Nuclear, and the City with Trillium Funding. 

A portion of the work will be removed from October 2021 – Spring 2022 to allow for a regional construction project, and permit continued restoration by the artist. The works will be reinstalled in 2022 on new concrete footings; which will better protect the art for future generations.

Kijimba Kind is comprised of two words and meanings from three different cultures. The word Kijimba comes from the Bambara people of black Africa. It means spirit. As it applies to these carvings, it takes into account three spirits: the spirit of the character carved, the spirit of the material and finally the spirit of the carver. The word Kind is from white Germany. It is taken from the word Kinder, which means children. i.e. kindergarden. In the English language, kind refers to a type, like mankind. It is, also a word that refers to the warmer or gentler side of a person's nature i.e a kind person. The artist has used these words from cultural and racial extremes in an effort to reflect all races as black and white incorporates all colours and values.

Kijimba Kind are, then, spirit children or children of the spirit from all types and colours. They symbolize our history as well as the diversity of our religions, our myth and our legend. They are reminiscent of the kinder, gentler side of who we are and who we may someday be.

Kijimba Kind are carved from recycled hydro poles which were used to bring the light and communication into our homes. As Kijimba Kind it is hoped that these same poles will rekindle and maintain that light for all who have that spiritual need and inspire meaningful communication which is so necessary in our personal lives as well as in our community "Home Place"

Find out more about the works and the artist here.

Watch the Empty Cup Documentary Forget-me-knots featuring the artist.


Journey to Reconciliation

Reconciliation requires understanding the past, recognizing treaty agreements, building equitable relationships and restoring Indigenous Peoples language and culture. As such a council endorsed action plan will guide the City, its businesses and organizations to take steps towards reconciliation, and relationship building to accompany the adoption of the Land Acknowledgment Statement.

View Report to Council CS 30-20: Update on Indigenous Land Acknowledgement and Relationship Building

All are requested to use the education resources, and join the conversation at Let's Talk Pickering, to share your learning, stories, condolences, and actions.

  • Assembly of First Nations It’s Our Time Toolkit. The AFN Toolkit consists of 22 learning modules that have been designed to enhance the understanding of important First Nations topics to ensure both students and teachers are learning in and out of the classroom.
  • Reconciliation through Education resources for grades K-12 are offered on the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation web page
  • Nisitohtamowin eLearning provides a one hour introductory course to help understand Indigenous Perspectives in Canada.
Call to action

Learn more about our shared history using the links provided in the Education tab.

Join the conversation at Let's Talk Pickering, to share your learning, stories, condolences, and actions.

Participate in the First Nations Public Library Ribbons of Hope Campaign by tying an orange ribbon of remembrance for the children lost in the residential school system at George Ashe Community Centre & Library, in Esplanade Park or at home.

Wear an orange shirt, pin or bandana. You can purchase orange shirts online through many suppliers, or make your own.  Logos and ideas are shared on the official Orange Shirt Day website.



June 24, 2021

In response to the additional 751 children found in Saskatchewan, the City has taken the following actions.

From dusk on June 30 through dawn on July 2, the City will fly the First Nations Flag of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island, and all City flags will be lowered to half-mast.

During this time City Hall will be illuminated in orange light in remembrance of the 966 children found at residential school sites.

Canada Day activities in Pickering have been shifted to focus on education, reconciliation and reflection. 

Participate in the 215 pledge.


June 18 - 25, 2021

The First Nations Flag of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island was raised at Pickering City Hall in recognition of Indigenous History Month, and Indigenous Celebration Day on June 21.

Indigenous Celebration Day activities were shared online and through social media.


June 4, 2021

View Mayor Dave Ryan's official statement 

A Memorial for Kamloops Residential school children was organized by a local resident and the Royal Canadian Legion 606. This collaborative effort took place on June 3. 

As established by the First Nations Public Library, a Ribbons of Hope Memorial was established at George Ashe Library and Community Centre.



Join the Cultural Advisory Committee Indigenous Relationship Building Circle

The objective of this Circle is to give a voice to Indigenous residents and Indigenous communities in the City of Pickering and to honour the contributions, history and cultures of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples.

Visit our Opportunities page

Library Events - Durham Indigenous Voices - Reconciliation

Pickering Public Library - Indigenous History Month

Every June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month, which is an opportunity to honour the heritage, contributions, and cultures of First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities across Canada. 

The Durham Region libraries, Durham College, and Ontario Tech University launch a collaborative four-part panel discussion with Indigenous peoples and First Nations from the Durham Region. Reconciliation, Resilience, Resistance, and Resurgence will focus on actions that support and amplify Indigenous Voices in our community as we move forward with the TRC's Calls-to-Action. Join us for the discussion and learn how to become an ally to speak out against Anti-Indigenous Racism.

View details and registration link.

For more information, contact Jackie Flowers

Past Sessions presented by the IRBC
Ask an Elder: with Elder Duke Redbird
Watch the YouTube video at
Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is recognized annually on September 30, and is an opportunity for Indigenous Peoples, local governments, schools, and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Visit the website at

The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation

The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation moved into southern Ontario from their former homeland north of Lake Huron around the year 1700. The Mississaugas are a branch of the greater Ojibwa Nation, one of the largest native groups in Canada. From time immemorial, Mississauga people secured all their needs from the surrounding environment (“Mother Earth”); hunting and fishing and harvesting plant materials for food and medicines. Wild rice, an important food staple, grows in shallow water and was gathered in late summer using birch bark canoes.

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Williams Treaties First Nations

The Williams Treaties First Nations are comprised of the Mississaugas of Alderville First Nation, Curve Lake First Nation, Hiawatha First Nation, Scugog Island First Nation and the Chippewas of Beausoleil First Nation, Georgina Island First Nation and the Rama First Nation. The traditional territories of the Williams Treaties First Nations are located primarily in the Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario watersheds and includes certain principal tributaries and streams.

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Métis Nation

Métis Nation - Prior to Canada’s crystallization as a nation, a new Indigenous people emerged out of the relations of First Nations women and European men. While the initial offspring of these unions were individuals who simply possessed mixed ancestry, subsequent intermarriages between these mixed ancestry children resulted in the genesis of a new Indigenous people with a distinct identity, culture and consciousness in west central North America – the Métis Nation.

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The Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle

The Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle (BACC) is an Aboriginal-led incorporated non-profit agency in the Durham Region. Bawaajigewin is an Ojibway word that means the action of taking something that is a dream and making it into something you can see in real life. BACC strives to respond to and advocate for the dreams and visions of the Durham Region Aboriginal community. BACC was developed through numerous community partnerships and consultations in the Durham Region, particularly through the assistance of the Carea Community Health Centre and the Durham Region Aboriginal Advisory Circle.

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Honouring Indigenous Peoples

Honouring Indigenous Peoples. As Indigenous and Non-Indigenous partners, we are committed to working together. While we have refined our focus with an emphasis on relationship building, we will continue our education and awareness activities including supporting the next generation of leaders and changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours.

Visit the website at 

National Celebration Month Page

The National Celebration Month Page includes resources to start you on a journey of understanding and awareness.

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples in Canada

National Indigenous People's Day - June 21, 2021

National Indigenous People's Day, June 21, 2021. Online event features speakers, and a virtual screening of "Gather".Carea Community Health Centre, in partnership with Ontario Power Generation presents National Indigenous People’s Day on June 21, 2021.

This online event will have a special schedule of speakers, and a virtual screening of “Gather” stating at 7:00 pm.

For more information, view the event poster, visit or call 905.723.0036 ext. 1283.

Activity Guide

The Celebrating Indigenous Peoples in Canada activity guide has trivia, games and crafts for kids.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Truth and Reconciliation, and what are Canadians doing?

What is and What is not Reconciliation? Please visit

Learn about Reconciliation and the 94 Calls to Action in this CBC article.

Honouring Indigenous Peoples (HIP) has fantastic resources including a terminology guide.