Truth and Reconciliation
Land Acknowledgement Statement
“We respectfully acknowledge that the Township of Algonquin Highlands is located on Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory, and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which are Curve Lake, Rama, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Beausoleil and Georgina Island First Nations. We acknowledge a historical shared presence of Indigenous nations throughout the area, and recognize its original inhabitants as the stewards of its lands and waters since time immemorial.”
Words are important but must be supported with meaningful action. In the Township of Algonquin Highlands, we are taking steps to develop a deeper understanding of the true injustices done to Canada’s Indigenous Peoples by settler governments, the myriad negative impacts of colonialism, and the ways in which we might move forward together in a spirit of partnership, healing, understanding and reconciliation.
In 2021, the Township of Algonquin Highlands launched an internal, online education portal for Councillors and Staff which was developed in partnership with Curve Lake First Nation. An annual flag-raising ceremony and time of reflection is held outside the Township Office on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
We are committed to an ongoing journey of education.
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