Politicians from Burlington, Oakville, Milton building relationship with Indigenous Peoples


Published June 21, 2022 at 4:11 pm

Regional politicians from Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills have signed an agreement with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, formalizing the ongoing work to build a constructive, collaborative and mutually respectful relationship.

“Building meaningful relationships with Indigenous Peoples, Communities and First Nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation — the Treaty Holders of the territory in which Halton Region sits — is an important part of Halton’s responsibility for truth and reconciliation,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr.

“By signing this, we help ensure this work continues for years to come and that the relationship is based on cultural understanding, empathy and respect.”

Ogimaa R. Stacey Laforme signed the deal on behalf of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

“Our journey of friendship and respect based on our treaty relations will give us the foundation to do good for all our people,” said Laforme.

The agreement will help Halton Region and MCFN work towards achieving the shared objectives of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report and Calls to Action, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

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 regional staff to share their history, culture and heritage.

Halton Region’s Land Acknowledgement was developed in consultation with MCFN and the MCFN flag is flying permanently at Halton Regional Centre. These steps are helping to educate and increase cultural knowledge and understanding.

For more information on the Relationship Agreement, Halton’s ongoing work to build meaningful relationships with Indigenous People and Communities and to watch the recording of the Relationship Agreement signing ceremony, please visit the region’s website.

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