The Spirit Garden project which will open at Nathan Phillips Square in 2024. The 19,250 square foot Indigenous cultural space will honour our Residential School Survivors and our cultural traditions.

The project responds in part to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Call to Action 82, for governments to commission and install a Residential Schools Monument in each capital city to honour residential school survivors, and all the children lost to their families and communities. Nathan Phillips Square was selected as a publicly accessible, highly visible location to celebrate the resilience of survivors and their families with space for teaching, learning, sharing and healing. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, this transformation integrates Indigenous culture, symbols and plantings within Canada’s largest urban centre. With pedestrian linkages to City Hall, Osgoode Hall, and Queen Street West, the site is positioned to impact millions of visitors.

This initiative develops the south-west quadrant of Nathan Phillips Square into a public

space shaped by Indigenous peoples to provide education and build relations with the larger

Toronto community. At the centre of the Spirit Garden is a Turtle sculpture designed by

an Anishinaabe artist, which identifies the names of the 17 residential schools that once

operated in Ontario. The design of the Spirit Garden revolves around Turtle Island, and

offers dedicated places for contemplation, celebration and ceremonies — open, inclusive

and welcoming to all. The fully accessible site includes a reflecting pond, a Two Row

Wampum walkway, a Voyageur canoe, an Inukshuk, and a timber-frame Teaching Lodge.

In support of the Toronto Green Standard, the sustainable design solution utilizes on-site

energy, incorporates recyclable building materials, and integrates green space including the

Three Sisters garden, a healing space with Indigenous landscaping.


Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre

439 Dundas Street East

Toronto ON M5A 2B1


Tel.: 416.360.4350

Fax:  416.360.5978


Charity # 10525-5244 RR0001

Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri   9 AM to 5 PM

(Programming  is currently being delivered online due to COVID-19 restrictions. Office staff are available to answer questions by phone/email)


Main Entrance: 439 Dundas St. E. at Parliament


Gathering Place Entrance: Parliament St. side

at Dundas

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