A territorial acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes the unique and enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories. Acknowledgement of the traditional territory upon which we all live is an important first step toward reconciliation.
Oakville Public Library is located on Indigenous lands and we acknowledge that we are gathering on land that has been inhabited by Indigenous peoples for thousands of years before us. We recognize that these lands include Treaties 14 and 22 with the Mississaugas of the Credit. We are grateful for the opportunity to meet here, and because we are all treaty people, we re-affirm our collective commitment to make the promise and the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation real in and with our community and libraries.
Oakville as its known today is the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, Anishinaabe Nation, Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Oakville Public Library gratefully acknowledge these nations for their guardianship of this land.
Use of Acknowledgement
The territorial acknowledgement will be used by the Library CEO or designate at the start of public meetings, celebrations, or other official events as deemed appropriate, and that are hosted or supported by Oakville Public Library.
The Path Ahead
We encourage everyone to continue their reconciliation journey by visiting the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR). The NCTR is the permanent home for all statements, documents, and other materials gathered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
Discover the First Nations, Métis and Inuit collections at Oakville Public Library, local education events offered through the Oakville Partnership on Truth and Reconciliation or view The Oakville Heritage Moment: The Mississaugas of the Credit. First Nations, Métis and Inuit programs and services that serve Oakville can also be found on the Halton Community Services Directory.