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Building Meaningful Relationships with Indigenous People and Communities

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In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and Calls to Action, the Region has taken steps to advance Reconciliation and Indigenous Relationship building with First Nations, Métis and Inuit People and Communities around Halton.

Relationship Agreement with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation

On June 20, 2022, Halton Region and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) signed a Relationship Agreement, formalizing the ongoing work to build a constructive, collaborative and mutually respectful relationship. The Relationship Agreement was signed at Halton Regional Centre by Regional Chair Gary Carr and Ogimaa R. Stacey Laforme from the MCFN. Elders from the MCFN were also in attendance.

Halton Regional Council endorsed the Relationship Agreement at the June 15 meeting. The Relationship Agreement will help Halton Region and MCFN in working to achieve the shared objectives of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) (external link) final report and Calls to Action, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) (external link). It will also be helpful in identifying areas of mutual concern and interest, as well as establishing and supporting shared understanding and ongoing conversations. MCFN has met numerous times with staff from various departments to share their history, culture and heritage. This has proven to be an important form of knowledge exchange that helps to increase cultural knowledge and understanding in the Regions’ journey of relationship building.

Watch the full Relationship Agreement Signing Ceremony on June 20, 2022 at Halton Regional Centre

National Indigenous History Month 2022

Each June, we celebrate National Indigenous History Month to celebrate and honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous Peoples from coast to coast and across Turtle Island (now known as North America). National Indigenous History Month was created in 2009 in the House of Commons to highlight the achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples throughout Canada. This month celebrates Indigenous culture, recognizes the contributions made by Indigenous Peoples, and acknowledges the acts of revitalization and resurgence that are happening within Indigenous Communities. As illustrated in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report, celebrating Indigenous achievement is an important piece in Reconciliation.

To celebrate National Indigenous History Month, residents can explore resources to learn more about Indigenous History by:

You can also join the conversation online by using the hashtag #NIHM2022.

About Halton’s work to build meaningful relationships with Indigenous People and Communities

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and Calls to Action, the Region has taken steps to advance Reconciliation and Indigenous Relationship building. This work focuses on enhancing cultural competency and knowledge with Regional staff about the Indigenous narrative, history and heritage as well as education on Indigenous groups and organizations around Halton. It also emphasizes the importance of building and fostering reciprocal relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit People and Communities around Halton and Urban Indigenous leaders in the community.

On June 16, 2021, Halton Regional Council endorsed the following items:

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement Statement

Halton’s Indigenous Land Acknowledgement Statement was created in partnership with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, who are the original Treaty and title holders of the territory in which Halton Region resides. The Land Acknowledgement is as follows:

Boozhoo, She:kon , Tanshi, Greetings!

Halton Region acknowledges the Treaty Lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation as well as the Traditional Territory of the Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat and Anishinabek on which we gather.

In stewardship with Mother Earth and the enduring Indigenous presence connected to these lands we acknowledge the Indigenous Nations of the past, present and future.

In the spirit of ally-ship and mutual respect, we will take the path of Truth and Reconciliation to create change, awareness and equity as we strive to elevate the collective consciousness of society.

Miigwetch, Nia:wen, Marsi, Thank you

Indigenous Communities around Halton

There are no specific First Nation communities located within the boundaries of Halton; however, there are Indigenous Communities around Halton, including:

COVID-19 Indigenous Elder Advisory Group

The COVID-19 Indigenous Elder Advisory Group was established by the Region to inform vaccine planning for Indigenous Peoples living in Halton Region. Members of the COVID-19 Indigenous Elder Advisory Group provide valuable feedback, input and advice on COVID-19 vaccine clinic models and approaches, identify other health and COVID-19 related issues important to Indigenous Peoples living in Halton.

The membership of the COVID-19 Indigenous Elder Advisory Group includes representatives and attendees from the following Indigenous Communities and Organizations:

  • Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation;
  • Six Nations of the Grand River;
  • Credit River Métis Council;
  • Grand River Métis Council;
  • Tungasuvvingat Inuit;
  • Native Men’s Residence, Toronto; and
  • other local Indigenous Leaders.

The Region will continue to use this Advisory Group Model moving forward to seek guidance and input from Indigenous People and Communities.

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