Exterior photo of UTM's newest building, Maanjiwe nendamowinan

A ‘Gathering of Minds’—UTM’s newest building honours the past, looks to the future

Friday, August 23, 2019 - 9:15am
Blake Eligh

The University of Toronto Mississauga has announced the official name of its newest building that acknowledges both the Indigenous history of the land and the future of the campus. 

The new building, which rose in place of the original 1967 North Building, unofficially opened its doors in September 2018. While construction crews completed landscaping and interior finishes, a university committee reviewed name suggestions—more than 700 in total—for the new structure. An overwhelming number of submissions harkened to Indigenous origins which led to a collaboration with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN), the hosts of the traditional territory upon which the campus now stands. Following careful consideration, MCFN recommended Maanjiwe nendamowinan (pronouncedMahn-ji-way nen-da-mow-in-ahn), a formally endorsed Anishinaabemowin name meaning ‘Gathering of Minds.’ The university will celebrate the new name at an upcoming opening ceremony.

“On behalf of the entire U of T community, I would like to thank and congratulate all those involved in the naming of this key building on the UTM campus, including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation,” said President Meric Gertler. “It reflects our commitment to engagement with Indigenous communities as we work together to lead the process of reconciliation.”

Photo of interior atrium of UTM's Maanjiwe nendamowinan building

“I am pleased and honoured that UTM’s newest academic building will be known as Maanjiwe nendamowinan, meaning ‘Gathering of Minds’ in Anishinaabemowin,”said Acting Vice-President & Principal Amrita Daniere.“It captures, so perfectly, the spirit and purpose of this building, and reflects the land on which the campus operates and U of T’s ongoing response to the federal Truth and Reconciliation Commission.”

“We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation for bestowing the name of Maanjiwe nendamowinan on this beautiful building,”she said.

“This is a major step forward on reconciliation with the Mississaugas of the Credit and UTM,” said MCFN Councillor Veronica King-Jamieson. “Through naming a building in Anishinaabemowin—Maanjiwe nendamowinan or ‘the gathering place for good minds to come together’—this is what education is about.”

“Our vision is to have an Indigenous hub at UTM that attracts Indigenous students as they seek higher education while enabling them to stay connected and grounded to their history and identity,” King-Jamieson said. “We are honoured that UTM created space for not only the Mississaugas of the Credit through this collaboration, but for all Indigenous peoples.”

Maanjiwe nendamowinan is designed by Perkins+Will and built by Stuart Olson Inc. The six-storey, 210,000 square foot building replaces the original North Building and completes the renaissance of the northern portion of campus. It features an airy, six-storey atrium and event space, 40,000-square-feet of new classroom space with cutting-edge technology, active learning classrooms and more than 500 new study spaces. It houses the Departments of English & Drama, Philosophy, Historical Studies, Language Studies, Political Science and Sociology and the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre. Sustainability features, such as rainwater recycling, energy-efficient mechanical systems and green roof space, resulted in a LEED Silver designation. 


Jane Stirling

Office of Communications

University of Toronto Mississauga




Blake Eligh

Office of Communications

University of Toronto Mississauga