HOOP Dance Indigenous Gathering Place is a new outdoor learning space on the Mohawk College Campus that brings Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Canadians together in a public space of learning and inspiration.
The HOOP Dance is inspired by Aboriginal concepts of inclusiveness, time as measured by the sun and moon, the Medicine Wheel and the creation story. Its form is comprised of two radiating and intersecting circles joined by a raised seating platform, referencing traditional wood fabrication methods and the spatial organization of the Longhouse. Collectively the HOOP Dance is comprised of 4 elements: an open air pavilion, a fire circle, a water garden and traditional garden.
This project is the result of a collaborative design process between Brook McIlroy Architects; Mohawk College; Aboriginal students of the College; and Elders and members of the Six Nations First Nation and Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Communities. It is also an example of how we as designers of communities can contribute to the national project of Reconciliation through Indigenous Place Making.
All photos courtesy of Brook McIlroy Architects