Track 5: CANADA 150 – INDIGENOUS HERITAGE, DIVERSITY, and NEW DIRECTIONS / Volet 5: Canada 150 – Patrimoine autochtone, diversité et nouvelles orientations

Group of Seven Heritage Landscapes: Identification, Conservation, Interpretation

Friday, October 13
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

During the formative years of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, a great swath of northern Ontario landscape was enthusiastically captured in copious plein aire sketches to large studio canvases. Georgian Bay, Algonquin Park, Bon Echo Park, and the Algoma and North Shore regions bordering Lake Superior were the enduring subjects captured by these landscape painters in scenes that have drawn international acclaim. Our project sought to discover, within a vast wilderness both changed and unchanged, the exact locations from where the painters painted to the exact scenes themselves. Identifying, documenting and interpreting these sites has involved maps, journals, letters, conversations but most importantly hundreds of hours in the field, with binders of paintings, riding the rails, paddling canoes, hiking the hills, finding the vistas, recognizing the rocks. Many sites have been found, many more remain to be discovered. The challenge now is how to preserve these sites while at the same time ensuring their cultural value is celebrated and shared.

Learning Objectives:

Gary/Joanie McGuffin

Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy

The McGuffins are wilderness ambassadors, explorers, writers, presenters, educators and conservation- photographers. They have paddled across Canada and circumnavigated Lake Superior. They are recipients of the Premier’s Award and The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. They are founders of the Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy (LSWC), an international non-profit dedicated to preserving the Lake Superior watershed. Through LSWC, they have been implementing a 1000-km (600 mile) section of the Trans Canada Trail on Lake Superior which overlaps with the region the artists painted. Their company, Solemn Land Productions, co-produced an award-winning documentary film with White Pine Pictures entitled “Painted Land, In Search of the Group of Seven”.


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Beth Hanna

Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Heritage Trust

Beth Hanna is Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Heritage Trust. Beth has served the public in the field of conservation for more than 30 years, working in the municipal sector before joining the Province of Ontario in 2000. She has a breadth of experience in the design and delivery of inclusive, engaging public programs and the conservation and stewardship of significant places. She works with government ministries and agencies, First Nations and Métis communities, conservation organizations and community groups, educators, funders and donors. Beth is passionate about conserving the province’s heritage, and understanding the diversity of experiences, traditions, and perspectives of its peoples and communities.


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