Treaties Recognition Week and Indigenous acknowledgement
The current and emerging practice of acknowledging Indigenous Peoples and their territories is a response to the Call to Action Recommendations resulting from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
As a public sector organization with the responsibility for municipal services throughout the region, the Region of Peel has opportunities to support reconciliation. One such opportunity is to make a formal Acknowledgement annually at the commencement of the Regional Council meeting closest to Treaty Recognition Week which is the first week of November.
The Region recognizes that various terms may be preferred over others, and that preferred terms can change over time. The Region's practice will be to honour First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in our community with the terms by which they wish to be identified.
The first indigenous acknowledgement was made at the beginning of the Regional Council meeting on October 26, 2017.
We would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather, and which the Region of Peel operates, is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples inhabited and cared for this land. In particular we acknowledge the territory of the Anishinabek, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Ojibway/Chippewa peoples; the land that is home to the Metis; and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation who are direct descendants of the Mississaugas of the Credit. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land, and by doing so, give our respect to its first inhabitants.