A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes our relationship between Indigenous peoples and their traditional territories.

Acknowledging the land is an Indigenous practice that has been happening for thousands of years. It recognizes and respects the legal and spiritual relationship Indigenous peoples have with their territories. Today, a land acknowledgement remains a way of recognizing and expressing gratitude to the Indigenous peoples whose land we reside on.

At the Town of Aurora, we open our public meetings and events with the following Land Acknowledgement. This statement is available to all members of our community to be used as appropriate.

We would like to start by acknowledging that the Anishinaabe lands on which we live and work are the traditional and Treaty #20 territories of the Chippewas of Georgina Island. As a Municipality, Aurora has shared responsibility for the stewardship of this land, while recognizing the many other Nations, whose presence here continues to this day.

We further acknowledge that Aurora is part of the treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit, recognized through Treaty #13 as well as the Williams Treaties of 1923.

A shared understanding of how the rich cultural heritage that has existed for centuries and of how our collective past brought us to where we are today, will help us walk together into a better future.

Canada has entered into a period of reconciliation. The federal government’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report of December 2015 contained 94 calls to action to further reconciliation between Canadians and Indigenous Peoples. It contains the government’s commitment to a renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples based on recognition, rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.

The TRC report has spurred organizations, businesses and provincial and municipal governments across the country to parallel the federal government’s commitment through a variety of initiatives that speak directly to their immediate communities.

The land acknowledgment is our first step to bringing attention and showing respect to the Indigenous peoples who first lived – and currently live – on the land where we live and work.

Our efforts to reconcile with Canada's Indigenous people doesn’t stop there. We are taking action to educate our employees about the history of Indigenous people and provide training to help lessen the inequities experienced by Indigenous people.

More information about the Treaties Aurora is situated on as well as all Treaties can be found on the Map of Ontario treaties and reserves.