Reconciliation and Engagement


Reconciliation and Engagement

In the Town of Stouffville, we recognize and honour the traditional territory and ancestors of our land. Through our land acknowledgement and Reconciliation and Engagement Plan, we aim to recognize, engage and support Indigenous people in our community.

Land acknowledgement

Our land acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes the relationship between Indigenous peoples and their traditional territories. This is our first step to bring attention and show respect to the Indigenous peoples who first lived, and currently live, on the land where we live and work.

The following acknowledgement is read at every Council and Council appointed committee meeting:

The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville acknowledges this land is the treaty territory of the Williams Nations. It is also the traditional territory of other Anishinaabeg peoples, the Wendat, and the Haudenosaunee. We also recognize the contributions of all Indigenous peoples to this place and commit to a continued dialogue and greater respect for the land we have come to share. This recognition of the contributions and historic importance of Indigenous peoples must also be clearly and overtly connected to our collective commitment to make the promise and the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation real in our community.

Reconciliation and Engagement Plan

In response to the calls to action outlined in the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, we worked with a consultancy to develop a Reconciliation and Engagement Plan.

We aim to have this plan in place to engage, recognize and support Reconciliation and Indigenous populations in our community through:

  • Better awareness and understanding
  • Measurable actions
  • Ongoing meaningful dialogue

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