Education and the Christie Pits Riot 90th Commemoration

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June 26, 2023

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Hogtown Production cast and crew, Christie Pits Park, Toronto, May 2023. Photograph courtesy of the Ontario Jewish Archives.

Live theatrical performances of “The Riot at Christie Pits” performed throughout May and June have now concluded. In all, thousands of Grade 8 and Grade 10 students from the Toronto District School Board viewed the re-enactment at Christie Pits Park, and learned vital lessons from our community’s history.

The ambitious project, designed to educate students on the history and contemporary relevance of the Christie Pits Riot, was presented by the Hogtown Collective, created by Sam Rosenthal and Drew Carnwath, scored by Measha Brueggergosman, and produced by Hogtown Productions.

The Ontario Jewish Archives (OJA) played a vital role in delivering the program and developing an online educational resource, now available for teachers to access and incorporate in the classroom. The curriculum-aligned lesson plan is designed to support dialogue and discussion about immigration and diversity, media representation and reading bias, protest, and advocacy. It also promotes access to primary and secondary resources. By exploring this important chapter in our local history, the OJA helps promote knowledge, awareness, tolerance, and understanding across diverse communities in the Greater Toronto Area.

To learn more about this collaboration and educational resource, visit christiepitsriot.org

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