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Municipalities Working On Indigenous Land Statements

Posted: 2019-10-17 07:44:12 By: hbr

The Town of Bracebridge is getting on board when it comes to Indigenous land acknowledgement statements.

During their latest general committee meeting, councillors agreed to start using a temporary land acknowledgement statement while they wait for a more comprehensive statement to be created.

The new statement acknowledges that the land was traditionally occupied by Indigenous Peoples, who continue to care for the land and shape Bracebridge today. The statement also acknowledges the treaties signed with Indigenous people many years ago and confirms their relevance today. 

The statement is just a temporary one, as Bracebridge staff are currently participating in a Land Acknowledgement Statement Working Group led by the District of Muskoka as part of the Muskoka Area Indigenous Leadership Table. Various First Nation communities; elected officials and staff from lower tier Muskoka municipalities are working toward developing a common approach to Land Acknowledgement Statements in Muskoka that can be used by all Town councils.