Culture, history of Indigenous Communities being recognized
The province is moving forward in recognizing the history and culture of Indigenous peoples by installing trail markers across the province.
Twenty-five new trail markers have been installed along Ontario’s portion of the Trans Canada Trail, the world’s longest network of recreational trails. The trail markers provide Indigenous communities and organizations an opportunity to share their stories in their own words and educate trail users about Indigenous history and culture in Ontario.
Ontario provided $250,000 to the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto to administer the Indigenous trail markers project. With Ontario’s support, members from Aboriginal Leadership Partners and the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto worked with Indigenous communities and organizations, municipalities and land owners on the design and installation of the trail markers.
- Trail markers are used to communicate directional, cultural or educational information along trails. These 25 Indigenous trail markers are plaques that highlight the history and culture of Indigenous communities in Ontario – from ancestral settlements and treaties to trail networks created by hunters, traders and diplomats.
- Ontario has more than 80,000 km of trails that support recreation, tourism, and active transportation.
- The Aboriginal Leadership Partners is a group comprised of key regional Indigenous leaders, communities and organizations. Members that participated in this project include the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River, Huron-Wendat Nation, the Métis Nation of Ontario, and the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres.
- Ontario’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report’s Calls to Action, The Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation committed to enhancing public education and awareness of Indigenous perspectives, history and culture.
- The United Nations’ International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is August 9 and marks the anniversary of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations and the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. – CINEWS