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Casa Loma Signs Reflect Area’s History

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New road signs around Casa Loma spell out the area’s indigenous history in Anishinaabe. The Spadina Avenue sign, for example, reveals the road’s original moniker, Ishpadinaa, which means “a place on the hill.” The project was a collaboration between the Dupont by the Castle BIA and artistic duo Susan Blight and Hayden King (via the Ogimaa Mikana initiative), who installed unofficial signs in 2015 to remind passersby of the indigenous community in Gichi Kiiwenging (Toronto).

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