Indigenous Reconciliation

The Town acknowledges that it is situated on lands that are home to many Indigenous Peoples from across Turtle Island (North America). The Town realizes the need and value of understanding more about the rich history of this land and its Indigenous Peoples, which will help the Town be better neighbours and partners.

This land is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and part of the traditional Territory of the Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee Peoples, and the Anishnabek of the Williams Treaties.

We acknowledge the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge and perspectives of the Indigenous Peoples with whom we share this land today.

Response to Truth and Reconciliation Commission
In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its findings and 94 Calls to Action to address the residential schools’ legacy and advance the reconciliation process in Canada. Among these Calls to Action are specific actions for municipalities as well as other levels of governments, the private sector and all Canadians. Those specific to municipal governments, include:

43. We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation.

47. We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous Peoples and lands, such as the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius, and to reform those laws, government policies, and litigation strategies that continue to rely on such concepts.

57. We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to provide education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal Peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.

The Town of Caledon recognizes its role and has begun the journey through the development and ongoing refinement of its Indigenous Community Engagement Protocol (IEP). The IEP is one of many ways to support meaningful engagement with Indigenous Communities in Caledon. On March 22, 2022 Council approved the IEP, to help guide engagement at the Town of Caledon. Please note the IEP is a living document and will be updated periodically.

One of the actions from the IEP was the creation of a Staff Working Group, started in the spring of 2022, to bring different groups together to understand the unique needs and opportunities for Indigenous engagement.

Town of Caledon Land Acknowledgement
What is an Indigenous land acknowledgement and why do we do it?

A territorial or land acknowledgement is an act of reconciliation that involves making a statement recognizing the treaty lands and traditional territory of the Indigenous Peoples who called the land home before the arrival of settlers, and in many cases still do call it home (CBC, 2017).

What is its purpose?

Providing an Indigenous land acknowledgement at the beginning of an event or meeting gives time for reflection and demonstrates recognition of Indigenous lands, treaties and Peoples. It involves thinking about what happened in the past and what changes can be made going forward in order to further the reconciliation process.

Indigenous land acknowledgements mark a small and important step in the process of reconciliation and building a positive relationship with Indigenous Peoples, a reminder that we are all accountable to these relationships.

By making an Indigenous land acknowledgement we are taking part in an act of reconciliation, honouring the land and enduring Indigenous presence which, in Caledon, dates back over 13,000 years.

What is the Town of Caledon’s Indigenous Land Acknowledgement?

Below is the Land Acknowledgement used by the Town of Caledon Staff and Council. This Land Acknowledgement was created in partnership with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) in January 2022.

Indigenous Peoples have unique and enduring relationships with the land.

Indigenous Peoples have lived on and cared for this land throughout the ages. We acknowledge this and we recognize the significance of the land on which we gather and call home.

We acknowledge the traditional Territory of the Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee Peoples, and the Anishnabek of the Williams Treaties.

This land is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

We honour and respect Indigenous heritage and the long-lasting history of the land and strive to protect the land, water, plants and animals that have inhabited this land for the generations yet to come.

Hosting a public gathering in the Town of Caledon?

Please consider opening your public meeting, presentation or event with this Land Acknowledgement above.

The Town of Caledon is continuously learning about the rich and complex histories of Indigenous Peoples in this area and is working to refine how the organization can better understand and acknowledge Indigenous Peoples, Nations and cultures.

Lands and Boundaries

The lands that now form Caledon were among those acquired by the British Crown from the Mississaugas of the Credit through Treaty 19, also known as the Ajetance Purchase, signed on October 28, 1818, by representatives of the Crown and Chief Ajetance.

Treaty Boundary Map

Resources and Events
We invite the public to engage with the Caledon Library's Indigenous education resources, many of which are carried in both print and digital format. These resources can be accessed with a library card by anyone who lives or works in Caledon

In the Hills – Land Acknowledgements Decoded

Shared Path

Indigenous Canada is a free online course from the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.