Archives of Space
Toronto/Tkaronto is the ancestral territory of the Anishinaabe Nation, the Haudenosaunee, the Wendat, and other Nations recorded or unrecorded, acknowledged or unacknowledged. These communities care intimately for the land and develop relationships— both spiritual and interpersonal—that center its vitality and abundance. They live in harmony and in reciprocity with it. To familiarize yourself with the territories of Indigenous Nations who have been and still are present on this land, visit
All who live on this land have responsibility under the Dish with One Spoon Treaty that binds them to share and protect this territory. Settlers have been invited into this treaty in the name of peace, friendship, and respect.
As settlers living in Tkaronto/Toronto today we need to learn more about Indigenous histories, culture, practices and the colonial foundation of this city. It is our duty to listen and interrogate these histories in order to define the lineage of systemic oppression, for ourselves and our communities. Knowledge necessitates awareness; alongside empathy, it also motivates action. Critically examining our city enables us to develop consciousness about the forces of inequality—what they are and how they operate. We need to keep learning so that we can demand more and uplift Indiginous voices.
We need to dedicate time to Indigenous authors, to read about anti-racism, to be critical of ourselves and our impulses, to be conscious of how we center ourselves in conversations about de/colonialism.
About Archives of Space
"Archives of Space"’s map is a tool, but shouldn’t be relied on exclusively; each marker on this map leads us on a journey through history, covering trajectories of activist struggles, ownership (which almost exclusively entail white men in power on stolen land), interesting facts, resources, and images from the Alternative Toronto Archive, Toronto Public Library and City of Toronto archives. In addition, we post short articles that expand on issues within our city. This is a work in progress—please be kind and constructive.
We acknowledge that settlers have tried to erase, and still persist to erase, the history and traditions of Indiginous Peoples. We recognize the violence and oppression in the history of Tkaranto/Toronto both historically and presently. Both first generation Canadians and immigrants inherit this history. “Archives of Space” invites you to learn more about the locations posted, to think about what they mean to you, and how you can give back—to the land and to those it was stolen from.
“Archives of Space” is crowd-sourced. If you would like to request a location, submit an article/your own research, add a resource, fix a mistake or add something new to an existing location—please use the submission form at the top right of this screen.
As settlers, the people working on this project have refrained from including strong details of Indigenous presence beyond acknowledging that many Indigenous peoples lived and continue to live on the land, and past/ongoing disputes between Indigenous Communities and the City. In the future, should this project develop into something bigger, we hope to ask permission and have the opportunity to collaborate with communities on a representation that suits them.
Please note that this website is best viewed on Google Chrome.
This project was generiously supported by OCAD University.
"Archive of Space" is a collective effort. Submit a resource, make a correction, add something to an existing text, or submit a request for a new location on the map. We also accept articles that relate to the themes of this website! An article can be a passionate opinion essay, an interview, a poem, an essay you wrote for school, or something already published. A link (Google Doc, Dropbox, etc.) to the article should be included in the Description section.
You can also submit a memory of a space on via our Instagram account: @archives.of.space
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