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Municipality of North Grenville adopts Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

Mayor Nancy Peckford says North Grenville council wants to strengthen its relationship with the local Indigenous community.

The municipality has adopted an Indigenous Land Acknowledgement it will now use to open all future council meetings. It was developed alongside First Peoples Group, an Indigenous advisory firm based out of Ottawa, with consultation from local school board members, the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Federation of Labour, and local Indigenous People. The land acknowledgement reads:

“The Municipality of North Grenville acknowledges that the Municipality operates on the un-ceded, and unsurrendered territory of the Anishnabek. We honour 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 their home. We respect and support the need for cultivating a strong relationship with all Indigenous peoples and we look forward to continuing this conversation and fostering the path towards reconciliation.”

Mayor Peckford says actions 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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