Indigenous Relations

The City of Mississauga is working to advance Reconciliation and meaningfully grow our relationships with Indigenous residents, Treaty partners and those who have traditional territory on the lands which make up the present-day city. Reconciliation is the journey that all of Canada is undertaking to seek justice and understanding with the Indigenous People of this land.

The Indigenous Relations Office at the City carries a mandate to manage the relationships between Indigenous residents, Treaty and traditional territory partners and the City, as well as provide advice and guidance to the Mayor, Council and staff in our work.

Members of the team work closely with Indigenous communities and organizations to strengthen relationships, promote services and Indigenous-led programming, create awareness and education about Indigenous cultures, and integrate Indigenous interests across City initiatives.

As we begin our Reconciliation efforts of addressing the ongoing impacts of colonialism, identifying focused priorities from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada Calls to Action, and shaping action plans, the City encourages non-Indigenous people to learn more and join us on this journey.

Who we work with

The City of Mississauga is invested in building strong relationships with Indigenous communities that have Treaties, land use areas or assertions within the boundaries of the city.

We value and appreciate the guidance and contributions from members and leaders in these communities:

The following Indigenous organizations are important partners to the City of Mississauga. We are proud to collaborate on Indigenous policy matters, programming and operations.

We welcome the ongoing consultation and engagement with these groups, and encourage residents to learn more about their important work:

Reconciliation is everyone’s work. The following organizations in Mississauga are deeply commitment to Reconciliation through support, programming and other initiatives:

City initiatives

The City is dedicated to improving decision-making, programming and services at all levels to respectfully address Indigenous interests and raise awareness among non-Indigenous residents of Mississauga.

A strong relationship with Indigenous residents, Treaty partners and all Indigenous Rights holders is critical to building a vibrant, modern city.

  • In response to the TRC Calls to Action, the City honours all nation-wide occasions marked for Indigenous Peoples, including National Indigenous Peoples Day, National Indigenous History Month and the National Truth and Reconciliation Day (all are officially recognized in City policy).
  • The City is committed to providing responses to all actionable TRC Calls to Action, as outlined in our annual Reconciliation Report.
  • Throughout the year, Mississauga libraries deliver Indigenous-led programming including Ancestral Voices, author talks, storytelling and other exhibits.
  • The Museums of Mississauga works with Indigenous partners to ensure First Nations, Inuit, and Métis history, culture and knowledge are authentically and respectfully represented in educational programs, exhibitions, tours and events. Our museums regularly welcome Indigenous-led initiatives and projects, which have included a healing garden, medicine wheel and sweat lodge.
  • The City is an active participant in the Moccasin Identifier Project, activating City spaces with Indigenous footsteps.
  • The City’s public art program supports the creation of art by emerging and established artists, including Indigenous artists. The City collaborated with Emily Kewageshig, an Anishnaabe artist and visual storyteller from Saugeen First Nation No. 29. The City also supports initiatives to bring Indigenous art to spaces along the waterfront.
  • The City recognizes that racism is a crisis that requires immediate action.  The Anti-Black and Indigenous Resolution 207 outlines how the City is addressing inequalities experienced by marginalized groups.


Learn more about the City’s commitment to Reconciliation by contacting the Indigenous Relations Office.

John Dunlop, Manager, Indigenous Relations