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All Region of Peel public proceedings will now begin with a formal, Indigenous land acknowledgment, a decision the chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation says is only a first step in creating open dialogue between the two communities.
“Beginning with a land acknowledgement is a sign of respect and it is appreciated,” said Chief R. Stacey Laforme. “However […] (it) should be viewed as a beginning and not the finish.”
Regional council voted in December to acknowledge the Treaty and Territory lands of The Mississaugas of the Credit and various other Indigenous groups that have inhabited Peel land for thousands of years.
As treaty owners of the land, Laforme added, the First Nation should have ongoing communication with the region.
The acknowledgment should be viewed as both parties ‘first step toward learning, understanding and moving forward in a good way,’ and must not be for show.
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