Municipality of North Grenville Adopts Recognition of Indigenous Lands



Mayor Nancy Peckford declares North Grenville Council wants to strengthen its relationship with the local Aboriginal community.

The municipality has adopted an acknowledgment of indigenous lands which it will now use to open all future council meetings. It was developed in conjunction with First Peoples Group, an Ottawa-based Indigenous consulting firm, in consultation with local school board members, the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Federation of Labor and local Indigenous peoples. The land acknowledgment reads as follows:

“The Municipality of North Grenville recognizes that the Municipality operates on unceded and unceded Anishnabek territory. We honor the historic relationship of the Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat peoples to this land. We recognize all First Nations, Métis and Inuit who now call North Grenville home. We respect and support the need to cultivate a strong relationship with all Indigenous peoples and look forward to continuing this conversation and furthering the path to reconciliation.

Mayor Peckford says steps like this need to be taken to build relationships with Indigenous communities. “It is through these actions that locally, regionally and nationally, Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities can work together towards mutual respect and understanding,” she says.

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