The Etobicoke-Lakeshore community joined Humber in celebrating Culture Days last weekend by participating in Humber’s Aboriginal Pow-Wow, exploring the Lakeshore Campus’s historical tunnel tours and participating in stilt dancing, yoga and craft making.
Humber staff and Lakeshore Campus principal, Wanda Buote welcomed visitors to explore the unique and vibrant culture within the neighbourhood.
Culture Days, a national annual celebration of arts and culture, kicked off with an outdoor dance party at Amos Waites Park on Friday, followed by a wide range of art and culture-based activities on Saturday featuring everything from a larger-than-life paper garden to a lesson in Bollywood dancing.
The free event also included photography workshops, a poetry slam, painting, clay and felting workshops, fresh roasted corn, pumpkin decorating and more.
This year’s festival was co-produced by Lakeshore Arts and Humber College with support from partners including the City of Toronto’s Assembly Hall, Long Branch MIA, Mimico by the Lake BIA and Placebo Space.
Humber’s Elder and advisor on Aboriginal Relations, Shelley Charles, Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Peter Milczyn and local author, Lucy Falcone also participated in the event to show their support for community initiatives.
Since Culture Days began in 2009, the non-profit organization has welcomed 10 million participants to 40,000 Culture Days activities. Etobicoke-Lakeshore has participated in the initiative by hosting a three-day national celebration every year.