The first outdoor Indigenous gathering space at any Ontario college or university officially opened today at Mohawk College.
Hoop Dance at Mohawk’s Fennell campus will be used by students and community partners for outdoor classes, cultural presentations and traditional ceremonies.
Work on the gathering space began last summer, with support from the Mohawk Students’ Association. Constructed of yellow Alaskan cedar pillars and steel hoops, Hoop Dance is surrounded by a traditional Three Sisters garden of corn, bean and squash.
Joining Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie to mark the official opening of the Hoop Dance were Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport the Hon. Eleanor McMahon, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale Ted McMeekin, Six Nations Polytechnic President and CEO Rebecca Jamieson and Mohawk Students’ Association President Kyle Datzkiw.
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