Over the past several years, the Trust has made a concerted effort to share stories of all of the people of Ontario – providing a forum to look back over more than 10,000 years at the people who have called this province home. The Trust continues to redefine the narrative – to ensure that the heritage we protect and that the stories we tell are a respectful, accurate and authentic portrayal of the peoples who have lived on and contributed to this land known as Ontario.

Explore stories and resources by theme

Indigenous heritage

More Indigenous heritage resources

  • Hear directly from 10 Indigenous teachers and leaders as they share their knowledge about the importance of treaties, treaty relationships and rights in Ontario
  • From Historica Canada, watch a video on the timeline of residential schools
  • Also from Historica Canada, watch this Heritage Minute on Chanie Wenjack
  • Historica Canada’s Voices From Here: Richard Hill, filmed on September 5, 2019 on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory; Hill was the first recipient of the Thomas Symons Award for Commitment to Conservation, presented in February 2020 by the Lieutenant Governor at our ceremony at Queen’s Park
  • Review the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s final report, as well as the 94 Calls to Action
  • The Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, based out of Algoma University, was recently awarded the 2020 Cornerstone Award by the National Trust for Canada; the project, Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall, transformed the main halls into a space that showcases the history of the residential school system, and the stories of survivors and the children who never made it home
  • Learn about the former Mohawk Institute Residential School with a virtual guided tour of the property and its history, produced by the Woodland Cultural Centre; you can also virtually tour the school as part of the Centre’s Save the Evidence campaign

Black history

More Black history resources

Human rights and equality

Women’s history

Celebrations of diversity and identity