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HOOP Dance Indigenous Gathering Place

Hamilton, Ontario

Photo Credits: ArchDaily


Initial Research by: Evan McPherson

Edited by: Samantha Miller & Nicole Brekelmans

Case study compiled in 2019



Project: HOOP Dance Indigenous Gathering Place

Type of Urban Strategy: Indigenous 

Type of ProjectIndigenous Resurgence

LocationHamilton, Ontario

Date Designed/Planned: 2015-2016

Construction Completed: 2016

DesignerBrook McIlroy


Located on Mohawk College campus, the HOOP Dance Gathering Place demonstrates how Western institutions are beginning to invest and recognize the importance of Indigenous placemaking and pedagogy in an academic setting. The project was developed through a collaborative community consultation process, driven between faculty, students, Indigenous students and elders from Six Nations First Nation and Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Communities. Brook McIlroy worked with these stakeholders to develop a holistic design with intended efforts to integrate site context and surrounding geographies.


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