The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, is pleased to announce the creation of a garden to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The garden will celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of devoted service as Queen of Canada, and honour the special and enduring relationship between the Crown and Indigenous Peoples.
The Ontario Platinum Jubilee Garden will be planted on the grounds of the Legislative Assembly in Toronto, located on Treaty 13 territory. Designed in partnership with Elder Carolyn King of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the garden will have a thematic focus on the meaningful treaty relationship between the Crown and Indigenous Peoples. It will feature tobacco plants grown from seeds gifted by the Tobacco Keepers for The Chapel Royal at Massey College, also called Gi-Chi-Twaa Gimaa Kwe Mississauga Anishinaabek AName Amik (The Queen’s Anishinaabek Sacred Place).
“The year 2022 is an historic opportunity to reflect on the legacy of Her Majesty, who has served with extraordinary commitment for seven decades. The Platinum Jubilee Garden will invite all who visit it to pause and recognize the sacred relationship between the Crown and Indigenous Peoples through treaties.”
– the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became Queen on February 6, 1952, on the passing of her father, King George VI. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Garden will be unveiled in the summer of 2022.