Highland Creek Valley Land Trail
  • November 4, 2021 - 1 – 2 pm

'Quieting' Walk: A Settler History of the U of T Scarborough Campus

Guided walk of the Highland Creek Valley exploring the political history of the Williams Treaties and 'quieting' of an Indigenous presence

Led by Joe Hermer, Chair of the Department of Sociology at U of T Scarborough, this guided walk through the Highland Creek Valley looks at the political history of the Williams Treaties and makes visible the legal and moral geography of campus lands in relation to the 'quieting' of an Indigenous presence. Drawing on archival research conducted by Sociology faculty and undergraduate students, and told from the perspective of a settler to the land, particular attention is paid to the Miller Lash Estate as an example of the colonial theft of Indigenous land. Presented alongside the walk will be works from the Blueprints series by artist Lisa Myers, which explore mapping, colonialism, and personal history through the story of her grandfather's escape from Shingwauk Residential School.

This program is presented by the Department of Sociology in partnership with the Doris McCarthy Gallery. Free, all are welcome. Registration is limited and is required.

The walk will begin from the H-Wing Patio at U of T Scarborough, and will go forward rain or shine. Light snacks and beverages provided. Physical distancing will be in place, masks may be required, and participants will be asked to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors before attending the program. All those attending the U of T Scarborough campus must be fully vaccinated and may be required to provide proof of vaccination.

Please dress for the weather, wearing good walking shoes, and pants that can be tucked into socks (for avoiding scratches/insect bites). Sunscreen and/or insect repellent also recommended.