Mohawk College celebrated National Aboriginal Day this afternoon by unveiling a new gathering space known as the Hoop Dance.
The installation stands at the centre of campus with pillars of Alaskan cedar that surround a fire pit down below.
It’s the first gathering space of it’s kind at a post secondary institution in Ontario.
Aboriginal education advisor, Ron McLester says it is a space that faculty can book as an outdoor classroom and that community members can also use.
“If folks want to host tours, maybe professional development, team building, they can do that sitting across from the fire from each other, you know next to a little waterfall at Mohawk College.”
McLester adds “it’s an authentic indigenous space for the purpose of transmitting knowledge in a really organic way.”
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne also made an appearance to welcome the Hoop Dance as a step towards reconciliation with indigenous peoples in Canada.
“It is a process of, I would suggest, re-educating ourselves, particularly non-indigenous people about our relationship” Wynne said.
Mohawk College and the student association invested 650 thousand dollars to create the hoop dance.