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Land for ceremony, education prominent suggestions in Hamilton Urban Indigenous Strategy survey –

Majority of Indigenous respondents say they experienced discrimination accessing city services and in the broader community.

Land for ceremony is one of many suggestions to come out of a survey asking how Hamilton can strengthen its relationship with Indigenous residents.

Indigenous urbanites are surrounded by concrete but the connection to natural spaces is central to their identity, culture and language, says Shylo Elmayan.

“All of that comes from the connection to land and understanding of land,” said Elmayan, who’s leading the development of Hamilton’s Urban Indigenous Strategy.

This week, partners in the project released the results of a survey on what action the city could take to make Hamilton a better place for Indigenous residents.

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