Indigenous land acknowledgement
A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes the relationship between Indigenous peoples and their traditional territories.
Acknowledging the land is an Indigenous practice that has been happening for thousands of years. It recognizes and respects the legal and spiritual relationship Indigenous peoples have with their territories.
At the Region of Peel, we open our public meetings and events with the following Land Acknowledgement:
Hosting a public gathering in Peel?
Please consider opening your public meeting, presentation or event with this Land Acknowledgement.
“We would like to begin by acknowledging the land on which we gather, and which the Region of Peel operates, is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples inhabited and cared for this land, and continue to do so today. In particular we acknowledge the territory of the Anishinabek, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Ojibway/Chippewa peoples; the land that is home to the Metis; and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation who are direct descendants of the Mississaugas of the Credit.
We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land, and by doing so, give our respect to its first inhabitants.”
This is our first step to bringing attention and showing respect to the Indigenous peoples who first lived – and currently live – on the land where we live and work.
Our efforts to reconcile with Canada's Indigenous people doesn’t stop there. We are taking action to educate our employees about the history of Indigenous people and provide training to help lessen the inequities experienced by Indigenous people.
We thank the Peel Aboriginal Network and other local Indigenous groups in helping us develop our Land Acknowledgement.