Recreate Place acknowledges that we are on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, a place on which the Anishnaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples have lived and creatively expressed themselves since time immemorial. Today, many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people continue to thrive on this land.
Throughout our work and our relations between people, cultures, and the landscape, we recognize the importance of reflecting on the ongoing impacts of colonization. We understand the importance of questioning, deconstructing, and reimagining these structures and systems by putting equity, diversity, inclusion, justice and Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation at their core.
We collaborate with partners to create opportunities for children to share their visions and provide input on projects that affect their neighbourhood and city. These projects might include school ground greening, new bike lanes, park designs, community art projects, master plans and more. Through an accessible and inclusive process, we work with children to imagine new ideas, opportunities, and solutions to current challenges.
We transform outdoor play and learning spaces into well-loved places for children, youth and adults, collaborating with schools, childcare centres and community centres.
In working with municipalities, BIAs (Business Improvement Areas) and organizations, we collaborate on redesigns of outdoor public spaces leading to improved landscapes for programming, gatherings and the natural world. These might include more walkable streets, a park redesign, or community arts projects. Through our approach to placemaking, the process can affect changes to organizational policies and long-term planning.
Capacity building workshops with adults are one of our main building blocks, designed to deepen the skills and knowledge of the adults who will be supporting children and young people in our projects. Our process involves a series of workshops, with each one building on the next. The workshops introduce participants to a child engagement approach, and can be replicated, adapted and scaled to other projects. Our process is collaborative and empowers adults to support meaningful engagement of children and young people. We help to demonstrate the significance of creating meaningful spaces for children's voices to be heard.