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.