ULI Toronto: Webinar: 13,000 years of Indigenous History in the GTA - And Why It Matters to Planning & Development


2020-06-16T12:00:00 - 2020-06-16T13:30:00

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    The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto is pleased to collaborate with Shared Path Consultation Initiative to be able to offer this webinar on Explaining the GTA Land Acknowledgement: Indigenous History and Issues and Trends in Indigenous Engagement.
    Carolyn King
    , Chair and Co-Founder, Shared Path Consultation Initiative, member of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
    Ron Williamson, Founder, Archaeological Services Inc.
    Many people living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) will have heard the following land acknowledgement (or some variation of it) recited at the beginning of an event:
    “We acknowledge the land we are meeting on is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnaabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.”  
    Few people who hear this statement know why these three groups are acknowledged or understand what the implications might be for people living in the GTA today. Join Shared Path Board Chair Carolyn King of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and Vice Chair Ron Williamson, Founder of Archaeological Services Inc. as they provide an introduction to the history of the GTA, beginning in 13,000 BCE, based on archaeological evidence and Indigenous oral history. They will discuss the implications of both the treaty agreements and traditional territory claims in the GTA on present day governance and how this relates to land use planning and development. Prior to the webinar we recommend that you read this New Yorker article.

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