Shared Path assists with newly-adopted Richmond Hill Land Acknowledgement

On March 29, 2023, Richmond Hill City Council voted to approve a new Land Acknowledgment that was developed in collaboration with the Shared Path Consultation Initiative.

The city first contacted Shared Path on the matter in Spring 2022. Since that time, board chair Carolyn King, director David Stinson, and former Shared Path executive director Morgan Peters, have led historical research and engagement with Indigenous rights-holders, stakeholders, and community groups to inform the document.

The Land Acknowledgement Reads:

We are gathering on lands that have been home to First Nations Peoples from time immemorial. We acknowledge that what we now call Richmond Hill is on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Mississauga and Chippewa Nations of the Williams Treaty. We also recognize that we are on part of the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and the Huron Wendat. 

We would also like to acknowledge all First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples from across North America, also known as Turtle Island, who now reside in the City of Richmond Hill. We are committed to rebuilding constructive and cooperative relationships. 

Learn more about the new Land Acknowledgement, and Indigenous communities with Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Richmond Hill, on the city’s website.

View Richmond Hill’s staff report on the initiative here, and a press release here.

Read Shared Path’s full report on the process, including a history on the use of Land Acknowledgements, below:

This Post Was Published On April 19, 2023. Last Updated April 19, 2023

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