As your City Councillor, Kristyn will continue to:
- Complete the Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to provide new economic prosperity to Toronto’s Downtown East and Indigenous communities.
- Prioritize truth and reconciliation in municipal public policy to promote and champion Indigenous culture, recognize Indigenous contribution and strengthen relations
- Promote Indigenous placemaking in public works projects to foster greater public awareness and civic pride in the unique relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
- Drive policy change that directly impacts the lives of Indigenous women and girls, from safety, access to housing, and economic opportunity, recognizing the unique challenges that Indigenous women and girls continue to face in Toronto
Kristyn Wong-Tam is working with the Indigenous and startup communities to create a new business incubator. At 16,000 square-feet, the new Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICIE) supported by the Economic Development and Culture Division will promote Indigenous-owned and Toronto-based startups in our city. Located at the corner of Jarvis and Dundas in the downtown east, the centre will leverage colleges, universities and corporate partners to bring economic opportunity and new jobs directly into the local communities that have been historically underserved. This unique and catalytic initiative will provide an anchor to the long-term goal of creating a new Indigenous Business and Cultural District in Toronto.
Concept for Canada's first-ever Indigenous District to be established along the Dundas East Corridor
In partnership with Council Fire, Kristyn helped secure space at Nathan Phillips Square for an Indigenous botanical and healing garden. This project responds to the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 82 and will serve as a critical legacy project for Indian Residential School Survivors (IRSS). Kristyn worked with City staff to identify initial funding and space for the project which has been unanimously supported by City Council. Toronto Council Fire, Six Nations of the Grand River, the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians and others have been leaders in setting the project vision and bringing community voices into the decision-making process.
The first two floors of 200 Dundas St East will be Canada's first-ever Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a 16,000 SF community hub space. View is looking west toward Jarvis Street on Dundas Street East.
Kristyn has ensured that Indigenous place-making is present in municipal infrastructure work. One of the best examples of this is the “All My Relations” mural when Kristyn had a 1000 square foot mural commissioned during the same time that Toronto Water undertook a multi-year improvement project at Allan Gardens. Tannis Nielsen and Phillip Cote were recruited as lead artists who worked with a team of local artists to create a series of beautiful Indigenous murals that was prominently displayed in the park on the construction hoarding boards, visible from Sherbourne Street and Gerrard Street East throughout the infrastructure upgrade work.