Streetsville BIA and Winter I HeART Main Street Collaboration
Professional Artist Nyle Migizi Johstn has created a bespoke drawing, Odenanging Mtigmishing, that will be wrapped on an electrical box on the corner of Queen Street South and Center Plaza.
In the foreground, the white oak leaf symbolizes our universe’s sacred harmony and patterns of connectivity. The Tree of Life runs within its veins and on the horizon line, the Anishinaabe have come to honor this tree and steward the territory.
On the left of the people is a sweat lodge to represent a space to gather for spiritual practices. On the right of them is a tipi representing a lodge of shelter, family & community.
Below the stem of the leaf is the Credit River symbolizing Mishizaugeeng (the large river outlet), the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. The three stars represent the Council of Three Fires, a long-standing Anishinaabe alliance of the Ojibwe (or Chippewa), Odawa (or Ottawa), and Potawatomi North American Native tribes -recognizing that each tribe functions to serve the alliance as a whole.
STEPS Public Art’s I HeART Main Street presented in partnership with RBC Royal Bank is a program supporting Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) and local community groups with the support they need to activate their main streets through public art and placemaking. This program engages BIAs, local artists, and businesses to create more vibrant and safe communities.