Engagement with Indigenous Nations, Communities & Peoples
We are committed to partnering with Indigenous nations, communities and peoples to advance reconciliation though our work and practices.
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather, and the entire Credit River Watershed, is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. The Credit River Watershed is also part of the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee, and home to many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples today.
Treaties made with Indigenous Peoples are enduring and include responsibilities for both parties. We affirm that this land and water is our common source of life and we must all share responsibility for its care and stewardship for now and future generations.
Indigenous Engagement Guidelines
The CVC Board of Directors, on Friday March 12, approved new engagement guidelines to support continued and meaningful engagement with Indigenous nations, communities and peoples across a variety of CVC projects and programs. The guidelines were crafted in partnership with members of the Credit valley Trail Indigenous Roundtable and the Department of Accommodation and Consultation of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, whose treaty lands and territory includes the Credit River Watershed. The guidelines are a living document that will be periodically updated to reflect current and future input from Indigenous nations, communities and peoples connected to the Credit River and surrounding watershed.
The guidelines reflect the various opportunities for Indigenous engagement, including:
- Planning for conservation areas as directed in our Conservation Areas Master Strategy, including programming and placemaking at Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area
- Planning for the Credit Valley Trail project, including programming and placemaking along the trail through the Indigenous Experience Implementation Plan led by the Indigenous Roundtable
- Integrating Indigenous Knowledge and perspectives into CVC education programming
- Attending Indigenous events and other Indigenous-led activities
- Integrating Indigenous Knowledge into CVC’s monitoring, restoration and management studies and plans
- Attending or integrating Indigenous ceremony into CVC activities when appropriate
- Supporting CVC staff education, training, and internal communications on Indigenous topics
- Identifying opportunities where CVC may choose to voluntarily go above and beyond the basic duty to consult under various acts of legislation, such as the Environmental Assessment Act