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From tree to table

From tree to table

The History and Craft of Maple Syrup

With guidance from Peel Public Health, the City of Mississauga has made the difficult decision to close all facilities until July 3. As a result, this event is cancelled.

First Nations introduced maple sugaring to early settlers and the maple harvest continues to be an important practice for communities across Ontario today. What are your springtime traditions? For many, springtime means tapping trees, collecting sap and drizzling maple syrup on pancakes. This spring, join us at the Bradley Museum as we explore the history of maple sugaring, all the way from tree to table.

This exhibition was developed in consultation with Alexandre Nahdee, who is a Shawnee hereditary Ogima from Walpole Island First Nation, and features a series of community portraits. In these videos, we hear from individuals from First Nations across Ontario whose maple sugaring knowledge is unique to each of them. These narratives locate First Nations in the past, present and future. We are very grateful to the knowledge keepers, elders and teachers who shared their time and experiences with us, and gave us permission to record and present their interviews at the Bradley Museum. Our sincere thanks and gratitude go out to:

  • Andrew Judge, Anishinaabeg Nation
  • Alexandre Nahdee, Walpole Island First Nation
  • Peter Schuler, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
  • Don Smoke, Alderville First Nation
  • Lorenzo Whetung, Curve Lake First Nation
  • Murray Whetung, Curve Lake First Nation
  • Peter Wynne, Moose Cree First Nation

The Museums of Mississauga are located on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and the Traditional Territory of the Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and Ojibway-Chippewa Sovereign Nations. This Territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties, as well as the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant.

Image Title: Maple sugar making
Image Source: Library and Archives Canada/John Boyd fonds/r000054

Friday, May 1, 2020 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Free Exhibition
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