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Maanjiwe nendamowinan (Gathering of Minds), new home of humanities and social sciences, officially opens at U of T Mississauga

Monday, November 25, 2019 - 4:32pm
Patricia Lonergan

The University of Toronto Mississauga today officially opened Maanjiwe nendamowinan (Gathering of Minds), the final phase of the redevelopment of the former North Building.

Maanjiwe nendamowinan is an Anishinaabemowin phrase meaning “gathering of minds.” The name was chosen after a university committee unanimously recommended an Indigenous name be considered. The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, whose traditional territory the campus now stands, provided the name.

“We are pleased we could acknowledge the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation with the naming of this building and demonstrate our commitment to engaging with Indigenous communities as we work together to lead the process of reconciliation,” says U of T president Meric Gertler.

The new six-storey structure is home to the humanities and social sciences and includes almost 40,000 square feet of new classroom space with cutting edge technology designed to facilitate collaboration, more than 500 study spaces to accommodate individual and group work, a space for digital humanities research and a large, open atrium that doubles as an event space.

The building has achieved LEED silver designation and incorporates a number of environmental innovations, including a 20,000-gallon rainwater reuse system for irrigation and toilet flushing, energy-efficient mechanical systems, a green cleaning program, special glass to deter bird strikes and five green roof spaces.

“Our newest building has not only been designed with the needs of today’s students, faculty and staff in mind, it also represents our commitment to building a sustainable future on campus,” says Ian Orchard, acting vice-president and principal of U of T Mississauga. “These environmental innovations are in keeping with our pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions and work toward becoming a net-zero institution.”

The building sits on the site of the former North Building, which was the first building on campus, and houses the Departments of English & Drama, Philosophy, Historical Studies, Language Studies, Political Science and Sociology, the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre and the Centre for South Asian Civilizations.

Maanjiwe nendamowinan was designed by Will + Perkins Canada and was built by Stuart Olson Inc.