A Community Discussion on Truth and Reconciliation in Oakville

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A Community Discussion on Truth and Reconciliation in Oakville
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Sarah McPherson

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Members of the community are invited to attend a Community Discussion on Truth and Reconciliation in Oakville on Monday, February 13, 2017 at MacLachlan College on Trafalgar Road.

Oakville is on the treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, part of the Anishinaabe Nation, whose traditional territory encompasses 3.9 million acres of southern Ontario.

As Justice Murray Sinclair, Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Residential Schools advised us, “Reconciliation is not an Aboriginal problem – it involves all of us”. Using these words as a guide a number of local Oakville organizations have been meeting since early 2016 and seeking the guidance of local indigenous leaders in Oakville.

The Indigenous Education Advisory Committee of the Halton Catholic and Halton District School Boards, YMCA of Oakville, Oakville Community Foundation, the Town of Oakville, and a number of local independent schools and businesses have been collaborating on local projects, as well as the challenge of incorporating the values of reconciliation in everyday activities.

“While a number of Indigenous peoples are not under treaty; the Town of Oakville is covered by a treaty – so we all live on treaty land and are Treaty People.” said Wendy Rinella, CEO, Oakville Community Foundation. “It is fitting in Canada’s 150th year that we as a community come together to build a stronger and more inclusive Town and country for future generations.”

“Many residents and organizations in Oakville have a shared vision for reconciliation but may not be sure how to begin. This evening will introduce them to some traditional Indigenous teachings and local leaders. It will be an opportunity to hear an Indigenous perspective of what Truth and Reconciliation looks like in Oakville,” advised Local Elder Stephen Paquette.


  1. Registration: 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  2. Traditional smudging ceremony: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  3. Presentation and Community Discussion: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Speakers include:

  1. Stephen Paquette, Chair, Indigenous Education Advisory Committee
  2. R. Stacey LaForme, Chief, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
  3. Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisory, Halton Catholic District School Board
  4. Tammy Hardwick, Instructional Program Lead, First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education

“Reconciliation is not an easy topic but it is one we all must embrace for the benefit of our collective future sharing this great country, Canada,” added Kyle Barber CEO YMCA Oakville.

“MacLachlan College is delighted to be hosting this event and inviting the community to our campus. For those of you seeking greater understanding and knowledge, we invite you to our school to begin a broader community discussion on this important and timely topic,” said event host Lisa Duranleau, Executive Director, MacLachlan College. “We look forward to seeing you on February 13th.”

The event takes place on Monday, February 13, 2017 at MacLachlan College, 337 Trafalgar Road from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 pm. This event is free; however, pre-registration is required and seating is limited. Register at www.the OCF.Org to print or download the ticket to present at the event.



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