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Philip Cote's Creation Story mural on the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre. Image by Mike Buckland.


The Spirit Garden Project with Toronto Council Fire set to open in 2024. Graphic by Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre.


Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre logo. Courtesy of Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre.


Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre Indigenous Legacy Gathering. Courtesy of Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre.


  • "Our Creation Story" Mural: Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre

    Philip Cote is a young spiritual elder, artist, activist, historian and traditional wisdom keeper from the Moose Deer Point First Nation. His mural “Our Creation Story” is painted in an Eastern woodland style, and tells a creation story from the Ojibway/Anishinaabe Nation which was brought down through oral traditions and pictographic images painted on birch-bark scrolls. The piece, painted on the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, demonstrates the interconnectedness of Indigenous communities with nature. 

    Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre (TCFNCC) provides necessary support services for Indigenous individual and community needs; it provides a space where the Indigenous community can feel seen, supported, and celebrated. 


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  • "Our Creation Story" Mural: Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre

    Council Fire began in 1976 through a small group of concerned community members. Since then, they have only grown, supplying counselling, material assistance, and essential services to empower the Indigenous community. Today, they are at the forefront of a project to install a Spirit Garden in Nathan Philips Square, a publicly accessible commemoration honouring survivors and their families of the residential school system. This project forms part of the City of Toronto’s efforts to respond to TRC Call to Action 82. 

    The project is expected to be completed in Fall 2024. The project has received $13 million in funding from the city and an agreement to help with future programming in the space.


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  • "Our Creation Story" Mural: Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre

    Additional Resources:

    Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre

    Check out the Council Fire website, and learn more about the history of the organization, and the amazing services they offer the community. Make sure to check out their calendar to see what events you can attend and learn from.

    City of Toronto Report for Action (Call to Action 82)

    Read the City’s Report for Action for the project in Nathan Philips Square in response to TRC Call to Action 82.

    Philip Cote

    Browse Philip Cote’s website and discover more of his murals around Toronto.


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