Local government | November 11, 2021
This week, Mississauga Council approved the recommendations in the City’s Annual Reconciliation Report and Land Acknowledgement Renewal; an important step in the work towards reconciliation and strengthening Mississauga’s commitment to Indigenous Peoples and communities.
“In light of the horrific discoveries made at the sites of formal residential schools and the complicated history of Canada’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples, I along with my colleagues on Council, remain more committed than ever to strengthening our relationship with our Indigenous neighbours and partners through action,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The process of reconciliation means looking at our municipal processes and hearing truths which are uncomfortable and challenging. It is through these actions, that we will build meaningful relationships between Indigenous and non Indigenous people based on mutual respect and understanding.”
“It is important for the City to reflect on and ensure that we are consistently working towards building relationships with our diverse communities,” said Paul Mitcham, City Manager and CAO. “It is only by reconciling with our past and understanding the truth of what happened to our Indigenous Peoples can we move forward. Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is a top priority for us here in Mississauga. I have committed to meaningfully advancing our EDI efforts as an organization as we continue to do the work and create a truly diverse and inclusive workplace and city.”
Highlights of the recommendations include:
The Land Acknowledgement is a refresh on the existing Indigenous Land Statement, which was formally adopted in 2017. The renewed statement reads:
“We acknowledge the lands which constitute the present-day City of Mississauga as being part of the Treaty and Traditional Territory of the Mississauga’s of the Credit First Nation, The Haudenosaunee Confederacy the Huron-Wendat and Wyandot Nations. We recognize these peoples and their ancestors as peoples who inhabited these lands since time immemorial. The City of Mississauga is home to many global Indigenous Peoples.
As a municipality, the City of Mississauga is actively working towards reconciliation by confronting our past and our present, providing space for Indigenous peoples within their territory, to recognize and uphold their Treaty Rights and to support Indigenous Peoples. We formally recognize the Anishinaabe origins of our name and continue to make Mississauga a safe space for all Indigenous peoples.”
Over the past year, in response to the Government of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s “94 calls to action”, the City has taken steps to renew and strengthen its relationships with Indigenous communities and residents. Of the “94 calls to action,” nine are directly actionable by the City of Mississauga. Some of those actions include:
To learn more about City’s commitment to building and evolving relations with Indigenous Peoples and communities in Mississauga, read the Annual Reconciliation Report and Land Acknowledgement Renewal and visit mississauga.ca.