“North Grenville’s Municipality is committed to an ongoing reconciliation process, not only to better understand the meaningful actions we can all take, but also to provide the foundation as a community for moving forward,” emphasized Mayor Nancy Peckford.
The Framework will create a plan to better recognize the history of Indigenous peoples in this area and the contributions of Indigenous members of our community. It will also provide strategic advice to the Municipality for how to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action in the long term, under the lens of the local region and issues of Municipal influence.
“Reconciliation is about relationship-building, and we invite all members of our community to participate in this process as we navigate a meaningful way forward together. We encourage residents to attend the public engagement session and add their voices to the Reconciliation Framework,” added Councillor Kristin Strackerjan.
The Municipality of North Grenville began working on a localized Reconciliation effort in the summer of 2021 in support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s “Calls to Action,” and retained the services of the Indigenous advisory firm, First People’s Group.
The following steps have been conducted to date:
- Council recognized September 30th as the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and held a Every Child Matters Flag Ceremony with local Indigenous leaders and members of the community.
- On November 8th, North Grenville lowered its flags in recognition of Indigenous Veterans Day, to recognize and acknowledge the many contributions and sacrifices of First Nations, Inuit and Métis to Canada’s war efforts and peacekeeping missions.
- Members of Council and municipal staff took part in Indigenous Awareness Training.
- In February 2022, North Grenville’s Council adopted an Indigenous Land Acknowledgement. The acknowledgement was created in consultation with First Peoples Group and was shared with Indigenous community members and local stakeholders who had been in contact with the Municipality and was revised based on their feedback.
- Council adopted North Grenville’s new Community Strategic Plan on January 25, 2022. Reconciliation is a key value in the plan and is prioritized in a number of the goals and actions. It is expected that once the Reconciliation Framework is complete the Strategic Plan will be updated to include more specific actions.
- In early 2022, municipal staff began reviewing its procedures, policies and strategic documents to assess how they align with the Municipality’s reconciliation efforts. This assessment is the foundation for developing a Reconciliation Framework for the Municipality - created in consultation with the community.
For more information visit: www.northgrenville.ca/live/community-involvement/truth-and-reconciliation
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