Where in the world? Hamiltonians pin down their heritage
Each pin became a marker in a revealing portrait of the city's past and present diversity
Where in the world do Hamiltonians have heritage roots?
A large map at Hamilton's Canada Day festivities drew a steady line of more that 300 people to place a pin to mark their family's heritage.
Every pin added to a picture of the city's diversity and long history as a destination for newcomers to Canada. People stood next to each other, placing pins across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas and many took photographs of their message next to their neighbours'.
Some answered the call by pinning where they personally have moved from; others pinned their parents' or ancestors' homelands.
Many countries, one heart, one love! ❤<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HamOnt?src=hash">#HamOnt</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HamiltonForAll?src=hash">#HamiltonForAll</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Canada150?src=hash">#Canada150</a> <a href="https://t.co/1EtGGEJvAJ">pic.twitter.com/1EtGGEJvAJ</a>—@HipcHamilton
It was part of the Great Hamilton Scavenger Hunt, a summer-long game put on by Wesley Urban Ministries that more than 1,000 people have joined since it launched June 9.
Join us in making <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hamilton?src=hash">#Hamilton</a> more welcoming & inclusive: hamiltonforall.ca <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HamiltonforAll?src=hash">#HamiltonforAll</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/HCCI1">@HCCI1</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/OCASI_Policy">@OCASI_Policy</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/cityofhamilton">@cityofhamilton</a> <a href="https://t.co/YVikTPpZMY">pic.twitter.com/YVikTPpZMY</a>—@HipcHamilton
Nicole Longstaff, who is working on the project, estimated there were 300 people who pinned on the map and more than 500 who "interacted" with it.
Few more captures! 📸📲 <a href="https://t.co/I9nXROOxqM">pic.twitter.com/I9nXROOxqM</a>—@rashadalaani
The map was up at the "multicultural exchange station" at Bayfront Park on Saturday and game participants could earn 1,000 points for taking a picture after placing a pin on the map.
Other scavenger hunt stops in the game include festivals, events and other summer experiences. It runs through Sept. 12.
Here are a few of the best pics taken of the map from The Great Hamilton Scavenger Hunt! <a href="https://t.co/LmYJpfeN65">pic.twitter.com/LmYJpfeN65</a>—@wesleyurban
Mayor Fred Eisenberger calls the game "a chance to imagine the kind of city we want to build moving forward."