News release

Mississauga Celebrates Inaugural National Indigenous Peoples Day at Celebration Square

Entertainment and activities | June 21, 2022

The City of Mississauga hosted its inaugural National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD) event in collaboration with Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN). The celebration, held at Mississauga Celebration Square, featured an official ceremony with remarks and greetings from City and Indigenous leaders, an artisan market, traditional foods and headline performances by the Manitou Mkwa Singers and Mohawk singer-songwriter, Logan Staats.

Tonight’s event marked the first time the City officially celebrated NIPD, but it won’t be the last, according to Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

“Our goal was to recognize and celebrate the importance of the Indigenous people who have shaped the history of Mississauga and Canada and reaffirm our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “National Indigenous Peoples Day will be celebrated in Celebration Square for many years to come and we will continue to strive to support and strengthen our relationship with the Indigenous community in all aspects of our work at City Hall.”

On February 16, 2022, Mississauga became the first city in Canada to raise the Every Child Matters flag. Following a traditional smudging at the base of the flag pole, Mayor Crombie alongside Gimaa (Chief) Stacey Laforme, MCFN raised the flag.

“I want to say miigwech to the city of Mississauga for the opportunity to collaborate on this event,” said Gimaa (Chief) Stacey Laforme, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. “Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for celebration and reflection. It was meaningful seeing the incredible Indigenous artists featured tonight, as art has a great responsibility to awaken the world. Art can and should change the world. That is why we were proud to play a part in this event.”

Although this was the inaugural NIPD celebration, the City has been working on various initiatives to support and strengthen its relationship with the Indigenous community, including:

  • Developing a policy focused on the Use of Indigenous Images/Themes in City Sports Facilities. The policy promotes a positive and inclusive experience at City sports facilities, while supporting a climate of understanding and mutual respect.
  • Featuring the Moccasin Identifier Project, a program to promote awareness of significant cultural historic sites and the ancestral presence of First Nations, Metis and Indigenous Communities, in various locations across Mississauga during Indigenous History Month, including this year’s NIPD event.
  • Partnering with MCFN to create an Art Walk in Port Credit and along the Waterfront Trail.
  • Including displays in the Port Credit Arena marking the 175th anniversary of the departure of the Mississaugas of the Credit from their Mission Village on the Credit River.
  • Offering Truth and Reconciliation Tours at Mississauga Museums.
  • Planning for the upcoming commemoration of the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

Did you know how Mississauga got its name?

In 1967, residents of Toronto Township overwhelmingly voted in favour of re-naming their new town ‘Mississauga’. There are many different interpretations of how this word came to exist with the most likely that it is an Ojibwa word meaning ‘river of many mouths’.

The City of Mississauga wishes to thank and acknowledge the Anishinaabe peoples who came to be known as the Mississaugas of the Credit for its name.


Over the past few years, the City has made several changes and implemented various enhancements to ensure that all residents, businesses and partners who choose to live, work and learn in Mississauga have the same, equitable experience.

These enhancements include:

  • Approval of the recommendations found in the City’s Annual Reconciliation Report and Land Acknowledgement Renewal, which included refreshing the City’s existing Indigenous Land Statement, formally adopted in 2017.
  • Adoption of Resolution 0207-2020 to address systemic discrimination and inequities within Mississauga, including accessibility to resources, services and supports for Black and Indigenous residents.

Hosting the City’s inaugural National Indigenous People’s Day (NIPD) and committing to recognize it as one of the City’s annual official events For more information on the City’s inaugural National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration, visit the webpage.

(Left to right)

  • Rob Higgs, Superintendent, Peel Regional Police
  • Stephen Dasko, Councillor, Ward 1
  • Chris Fonseca, Councillor, Ward 3
  • Veronica King-Jamieson, Councillor, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
  • Gimaa (Chief) Stacey Laforme, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
  • John Kovac, Councillor, Ward 4


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