The City of Markham and York University held a land acknowledgement ceremony July 23 for the York University Markham Centre Campus.

The city is in the process of transferring almost five acres of land, located at Enterprise Boulevard and Rivis Road, to York University.

“Through this land acknowledgement we are recognizing the fundamentals of Indigenous traditions and values,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “We are showing our respect to the original inhabitants of the land we now know as Markham while charging toward an exciting future driven by innovation and fueled by talent. The new York University campus fits well with the vision we have for Markham Centre and will build on Markham’s highly skilled, highly educated and diverse workforce.”

“It was very important to me, personally, and to the university, to participate in a ceremony that acknowledges the original stewards of the land and to further commit to be a responsible steward and a good partner in the years to come,” says Rhonda L. Lenton, York University president and vice-chancellor. “Connecting with communities and community members is one of my highest priorities. Today’s milestone represents a beginning, and we look forward to continue building our relationship with the Mississaugas of the New Credit.”

Markham is in the heart of Ontario’s innovation corridor. With more than 1,500 high-tech and life sciences companies creating more than 37,000 jobs, Markham is a key player, outperforming Kitchener-Waterloo and Ottawa. The city is home to a robust and thriving ecosystem of start-ups and industry leaders, working out of incubator spaces like York University’s YSpace in Markham Centre, a state-of-the-art engagement centre focused on creating new approaches and opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship within York Region.

New gateway signs touting, “Future Home of York University,” have been installed welcoming commuters as they enter Markham.

The arrival of York University is another reason to #ChooseMarkham. York University Markham Centre Campus will welcome 1,000 students in the first year of operation and growing to more than 4,000 by 2024. The new centre will create more than 400 new, on-campus, jobs. Once open, the facility will generate $37 million for the economy annually.

Visit choosemarkham.ca to learn more.

Photo, from the left: Amy Desjarlais, traditional knowledge keeper; Laurel Schollen, Seneca College academic vice-president; Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti; Rhonda Lenton, York University president and vice-chancellor and Billy Pang, Markham-Unionville MPP, unveil the new York University Markham Centre Campus sign at Enterprise Boulevard and Rivis Road.