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Land Acknowledgment Statement

Clarington Landscape

The Municipality of Clarington will use a newly-adopted land acknowledgment statement at the start of all public meetings of Council and its Steering Committees. The land acknowledgment statement will also be read at the start of civic celebrations and any other official events hosted by the Municipality of Clarington. A land acknowledgment statement recognizes the traditional territory of the Indigenous people(s). It is a sign of gratitude and respect.

Clarington’s land acknowledgment statement reads:

The Municipality of Clarington is situated within the traditional and treaty territory of the Mississaugas and Chippewas of the Anishinabeg, known today as the Williams Treaties First Nations. Our work on these lands acknowledges their resilience and their longstanding contributions to the area now known as the Municipality of Clarington.

The Municipality consulted local First Nations communities and asked Alderville First Nation Chief Dave Mowat to help develop the land acknowledgment statement.

“The land acknowledgment statement recognizes a vital part of our history. It’s a recognition that if we want to do better in the future, we need to learn from past mistakes to further the reconciliation process,” said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster.

For more information, read report CSD-010-19.

Pronunciation of First Nations communities

Chippewas: chi-uh-WUHS
Anishinabeg: uh-NISH-in-NAH-bek

 

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