Town of Halton Hills to recognize Treaties Recognition Week

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Published October 28, 2021 at 1:57 pm

The Town of Halton Hills will be recognizing Treaties Recognition Week, which is coming up soon.

The annual event, which honours the importance of treaties while promoting learning about collective treaty rights and obligations, takes place each year in the first week of November.

The Town of Halton Hills is located on the treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN).

According to the Town, Treaty 19 was signed on October 28, 1818, by representatives of the Crown and Anishinaabe peoples. It is also known as the Ajetance Purchase, which is named after Chief James Ajetance who signed the treaty on behalf of the Mississaugas of the Credit.

“The Town of Halton Hills will launch Treaties Recognition Week on November 1st by raising the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation flag at the Library & Cultural Centre,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette.

“The flag will initially be raised to half-mast in honour of the Indigenous children who did not come home from residential school and will fly permanently to communicate to residents and visitors alike that these are the treaty lands of the Mississaugas.”

The Town and Halton Hills Public Library will be presenting several programs during the week. This includes the #hopeandhealingcanada installation by Métis artist Tracey-Mae Chambers, hosted by the Library and Cultural Centre, along with virtual lectures, bead stringing workshops and an artist talk.

Additionally, the REDress Project, which honours Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirited People, is also currently on display at the Acton Branch of the Halton Hills Public Library as well as in the atrium of the Library & Cultural Centre.

Residents are also invited to participate in various Virtual Living Library events, which provide an opportunity to learn from Indigenous Elders and knowledge keepers who will share their experiences around treaties.

Additionally, residents are encouraged to participate in reflection and self-education all year-round.

The Town’s recognition of Treaties Recognition Week is one step in responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action.

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