On September 26, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) officially unveiled its new head office entrance sign at 1255 Old Derry Road, Mississauga, that prominently features a moccasin identifier as part of the Moccasin Identifier Project.
The Moccasin Identifier Project was developed by Carolyn King in partnership with the Mississauga’s of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) and the Greenbelt Foundation to raise awareness of the historical and enduring presence of First Nations, Metis and Indigenous communities with the use of moccasin identifiers.
“Credit Valley Conservation is a proud supporting partner of the Moccasin Identifier Project that is creating a strong network of knowledge, informing residents and park visitors of the presence of First Nations, Metis and Indigenous peoples in our communities,” says Quentin Hanchard, Chief Administrative Officer at CVC. “Its our long-term goal to promote the interpretive elements of the moccasin identifier in our parks and through our programming.”
The redesign of CVC’s entrance signs at its head office incorporates an Anishinaabe eastern woodland moccasin by etching it into the Credit Valley Sandstone base along with CVC’s logo and property name. The design and research for the artwork was by Philip Cote. The use of moccasin identifiers on signs is the first stage in a multi-year roll out of moccasin identifiers that will be installed at various CVC parks and trails, including the Credit Valley Trail.
“We were honoured to have Carolyn stencil the very first ever Moccasin Identifier here on this site nearly 10 years ago at CVC’s 60th Anniversary, so it is fitting that we uphold that honour with this permanent marker,” added Jesse DeJager, Senior Manager, Land Planning and Capital Projects at CVC.
CVC’s Strategic Plan (2020-2022) outlines its commitment to building and nurturing relationships with Indigenous nations, communities, and peoples to advance reconciliation. In support of these commitments, CVC’s Conservation Area Master Strategy (2018-2028) includes an Indigenous Engagement Partnership Plan (IEPP) – a plan that focuses on nurturing existing relationships and building meaningful partnerships through engagement with local Indigenous communities and other ancestral nations. Part of the work within the IEPP includes directions to carry out collaborative work on the Moccasin Identifiers Project along the Credit Valley Trail including on all trailheads and access points located on CVC lands.
Caption: CVC ‘s new head office entrance sign that prominently features a moccasin identifier as part of the Moccasin Identifier Project.
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. Our watershed is defined by the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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