The Brown Homestead (TBH) is an emerging heritage site located in the southwestern corner of St. Catharines, home to the oldest house in the city (c. 1796) and dedicated to re-imagining historic sites as engines of progress and development. TBH site and staff are the caretakers of the Norton Cabin, a log cabin built by Mohawk Chief Teyoninhokarawen — also known as John Norton — around the year 1817. As the keepers of these significant built heritage structures, on land that is within the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples, the TBH team recognizes their duty as stewards and caretakers of that land.
In 2023, TBH staff took part in the Indigenous Canada course designed by the University of Alberta. As a team of staff members, they reflected on what they were learning, and prepared this resource to share why they chose to take this action, and to encourage others to consider doing the same.
Passing the Indigenous Canada course and downloading the certificate of completion is part of the required training for TBH staff and board members. They “believe in the honest exploration of history from multiple perspectives, even when it is challenging”.
Published By: The Brown Homestead
Publication Date: July, 2023
Click here to access The Brown Homestead Taking Action on Reconciliation