“We are all Treaty People”: A Community Discussion on Truth and Reconciliation in Oakville

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Date(s) - Monday, February 13, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

MacLachlan College

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Members of the community are invited to attend a Community Discussion on Truth and Reconciliation 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.


Registration: 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Traditional smudging ceremony: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Presentation and Community Discussion: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Stephen Paquette, Chair, Indigenous Education Advisory Committee
R. Stacey LaForme, Chief, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisory, Halton Catholic District School Board
Tammy Hardwick, Instructional Program Lead, First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education

This event is free; however, pre-registration is required and seating is limited.

“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.”

MacLachlan College is a world-class co-educational independent school located in Oakville, Ontario. To acknowledge Canada 150, and in the spirit of making a difference in the world, MacLachlan has launched, Mindful Nation: A Vision for Canada’s Future, a program that promotes self-awareness, diversity, respect and inclusion; and recognizes the history and contributions of the Indigenous Peoples in Canada. From Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, MacLachlan’s educational approach and intention for every student centres on providing a rich and balanced education, while also preparing for their future roles as successful and responsible citizens.

Oakville Community Foundation is the 10th largest member of a national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. The Foundation helps individuals contribute time, leadership and financial support to local initiatives, helping people give back to their communities where the need is most serious. The Foundation makes it a priority to understand the needs in the community and help donors give to the projects they care about most. They do this through research and building an intimate knowledge of local priorities from everything from shelter, education, and care for those in need, to the arts, environment and recreation. The Foundation brings together many organizations: government, business, service organizations, charities, academia and schools to develop collaborative solutions and work on priority projects.

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