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 create opportunities for children to 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 and master plans. Through our 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 and more sustainable places for children, youth and adults, collaborating with schools, childcare centres and community centres.
Co-designing outdoor public spaces leads to improved and more climate-resilient landscapes for programming, gatherings and the natural world. These might include more walkable and permeable streets, an accessible and inter-generational park, or community responsive arts projects. We work to change organizational policies and long-term planning.
Capacity building workshops with adults deepens the skills and knowledge of those who will be supporting the children and young people in these projects. Our process involves a series of workshops, which introduce participants to the stages in our child engagement approach. They can easily be adapted and scaled to other projects. Our process is collaborative and empowers adults to support authentic engagement of children and young people. We create meaningful spaces for children's voices to be heard.