About The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (MNCFN) was once a respected trading nation with the Europeans in and around an area, which included Port Credit and the City now known as Toronto. Today they occupy 6,000 acres of land in the townships of Oneida and Tuscarora, just off Highway # 6 near Hagersville, approximately one hour southwest of their original home on the banks of the Credit River. The MNCFN belongs to the Anishinabe Nation, North America’s second-largest, and the Three Fires Confederacy, an alliance of the Ojibway, Odawa, and Potowatomi Nations.
That community, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, is known in Toronto because its traditional territory includes the city, and land acknowledgments refer to it.
The MNCFN decided to organize a special exhibit at the Canadian National Exhibition combining art and technology to give visitors a sense of the history and culture of a First Nations community.
“Because Toronto is such a diverse space, it was super important that we tell the story and say the Indigenous people, the First Nations people, are still here,” said Jai King-Green, a special events and culture unit assistant and a member of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
The exhibition aimed to create a new understanding of the community using a mix of elements, including glass cases, which display artwork, crafts, photos of veterans, and educational booklets. The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation was looking for an innovative and memorable way to communicate their important message and showcase their rich culture. The ARHT holographic technology offered an ideal solution.
Using ARHT CAPSULE, attendees could listen to a pre-recorded hologram of Chief Stacey Laform in a lifelike appearance as he shared his message and stories. They also had the unforgettable and surreal experience of transforming into a hologram, creating a picturesque moment perfect for social media shareability.
ARHT’s hologram technology helped MCFN increase attendance at its booth. Attendees left the booth better informed and educated about the MCFN’s mission and culture in an innovative and memorable way that set the MCFN apart from the many exhibitors at CNE.
“When people think of Indigenous people, they think we’re archaic, right? This brings that old world into this new world,” concluded Jai King-Green.