This acknowledgement was created with Elders and knowledge keepers from the Mississaugas of the New Credit and with the HDSB Instructional Program Lead for First Nations, Métis and Inuit education. Remember that many, many bands and Nations traveled across the land we are on prior to the contact with European settlers who established colonies. In this acknowledgment we are honouring the Indigenous peoples who we know were present at the time and therefore is not inclusive of all the peoples who lived and traveled on these lands before first contact with Europeans.
All non-indigenous peoples are in fact newcomers to the land we are on and what we refer to as Canada.
The following Acknowledgement of the Land and Territory is read aloud at the beginning of meetings and events in the Halton District School Board:
“The land in Halton Region, as we know it today, has a history of many First Nations as the first peoples to live here. The first peoples on this land surrounding the Great Lakes include the Attawandaron, the Haudenosaunee and the Anishinabe.
As we gather today on these treaty lands we have the responsibility to honour and respect the four directions, land, waters, plants, animals, ancestors and all the wonderful elements of creation that exist.
We would like to acknowledge and thank the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation for sharing their traditional territory with us.”