Image: Myseum of Toronto.
1909 - 1996 | Community Organizer and Author
Verna Johnson, an Ojibwe woman from Neyaashiinigmiing reserve, made a lasting impact on the urban Indigenous community in Toronto. She established a boarding house specifically for Indigenous women – offering community, culture, and care. The house’s unique structure embraced the daily routines and cultural values of the Indigenous community, fostering a sense of belonging and support. Verna’s activism and dedication were instrumental in the development of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, a vital institution that continues to serve and uplift the Indigenous population in the city.
Johnston’s compassionate advocacy and community-building efforts have left a legacy of positive change for countless lives.