Point and Counterpoint on southern Ontario treaty lands

Stacey LaForme

by Andrew Dreschel Spectator Columnist The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation say Hamilton’s official statement of respect for Indigenous peoples needs to be changed to more accurately reflect this area’s history. For almost a year Mayor Fred Eisenberger has begun every council meeting acknowledging that it’s taking place on the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations. The same statement — produced through consultation with Aboriginal groups and experts — is widely used by various organizations at civic events throughout the region. But Stacey Laforme, elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit reserve near Hagersville, says the wording should be altered to identify the Mississaugas as the “treaty people of these lands.” “We recognize that other nations have been here on and off for many,…

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