Mapping Indigenous history along Metrolinx network

Treaties Recognition Week takes place this week, and Metrolinx is spreading awareness to customers and communities. Here are some of the ways Metrolinx is recognizing treaties across the transit network. Every road, house, building and even the GO Transit network was made possible because of a treaty. As Ontario marks Treaties Recognition Week (Nov. 1-7), Metrolinx is spreading the word on how important the relationship … Continue reading Mapping Indigenous history along Metrolinx network

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The Toronto artist behind a unique PRESTO card

PRESTO partnered with Aecon to help provide better access to transit for Indigenous Peoples with a unique PRESTO card design. The specially designed card is very interesting, and so is the local Indigenous artist who created the look. PRESTO cards are fairly iconic. You can quickly spot the design as someone flashes the iconic card out of their wallet or purse. Then there’s the version … Continue reading The Toronto artist behind a unique PRESTO card

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PRESTO partners with Aecon to help provide access to transit for Urban Indigenous Peoples

Usually when we write about PRESTO, it’s about using the system to take customers further. But this story is about a unique collaboration that’s helping reduce barriers to access to transit. Metrolinx has partnered with well-known Canadian construction company, Aecon Group Inc., to provide PRESTO cards to two Toronto Urban Indigenous organizations. As an organization that operates on the traditional and treaty territory of many … Continue reading PRESTO partners with Aecon to help provide access to transit for Urban Indigenous Peoples

The route ahead: What’s next for the Yonge North Subway Extension

Updated environmental studies will shift progress into high gear for this important and much-needed transit project. Here’s how insights from the community guide that process. There’s momentum behind the Yonge North Subway Extension, so we wanted to see what’s just over the horizon for the priority transit project. Especially when it comes to the environmental assessment phase, where experts probe everything from traffic flows to … Continue reading The route ahead: What’s next for the Yonge North Subway Extension

Advancing plans for the Ontario Line station in Corktown: Commemorating history while building for the future

Corktown Station will be an important landmark on the Ontario Line, with connections to surface routes, bringing growing neighbourhoods east of the downtown core into the subway system. A section of Corktown that is mostly paved over will become a place for the people, with a mix of housing, commercial, retail and community space around the station. This historic location was the site of Upper … Continue reading Advancing plans for the Ontario Line station in Corktown: Commemorating history while building for the future

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Metrolinx marks National Indigenous Peoples Day – A column on what that means

This weekend, millions of people across the country will recognize and celebrate Indigenous Peoples. We thought you needed to hear the voice of a member of Metrolinx’s Indigenous Relations Office, to understand the powerful motivation behind their important work. As Canada celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day this Sunday (June 21) it would be a failure to not see the parallel lines drawn clearly to the … Continue reading Metrolinx marks National Indigenous Peoples Day – A column on what that means

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Ontario Treaties Recognition Week – Find the lines of history on your GO Transit route

As the province marks important acknowledgement of traditional Indigenous lands, Metrolinx is highlighting a map of our routes to show customers the hidden tapestry of historic territory and treaties right outside the windows of GO buses and trains. The view from the passenger seat may have seemed largely unchanged over the years. As passengers look out the windows of GO trains and buses, passing by … Continue reading Ontario Treaties Recognition Week – Find the lines of history on your GO Transit route

A sea of support for Orange Shirt Day

Traditional knowledge keeper shared history – passed along important message. Metrolinx employees gathered today (Sept 30) to commemorate Orange Shirt Day and learn about the impact of Indian Residential Schools, then and now Orange Shirt Day began in 2013 to educate and build awareness about the history and continued impact of the Indian Residential School system. It grew out of Residential School survivor Phyllis Jack … Continue reading A sea of support for Orange Shirt Day

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Indigenous history explored through unique exercise

Program is an interactive and participatory lesson. This blanket is made to uncover. As part of Indigenous History Month, Metrolinx’s Employee Resource Group, Anishinaabe Circle, in partnership with Oxford Properties, held a culturally immersive event on June 19, to help staff travel back 500 years into Canada’s past. The colourful ‘KAIROS Blanket Exercise’  is an interactive history lesson that’s been used thousands of times in Canada. … Continue reading Indigenous history explored through unique exercise