Toronto comes from the word tkaronto, which is Mohawk for “‘where the trees are standing in the water.” The word describes, the narrows, where Anishinabek and Hurons would congregate and create weirs with large wooden stakes to catch fish. Toronto  has a rich history of being occupied by several  First Nations at various times and in that sense cannot be narrowed down to just one Nation. Today The Mississaugas of the New Credit is the First Nation that is acknowledged by local governments as they had long established settlements in the territory of what is now known as Toronto at the time of contact.

– Extract from Mustrak

It is with this focus on First Nation heritage, that students in Gr. 11 and Gr. 12 Communications Technology have extended their growing understanding of genre and film narrative within the conversation grounded in the mis-representation of indigenous people. As shared by Media Smarts and within the confines of the “Native Princess,” “Native Warrior,” and “Noble Savage,” the students are working to produce original infographics and media journals that focus on decoding the regressive representation of native people in popular Hollywood film and understanding the Canada’s dark history. From The Revenant to The Lone Ranger, students are currently working on critical literature that will be compiled in graphic, print and ebook form.


2017 / 2018 Student Work Coming Soon









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