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Wellington North council endorses Indigenous land acknowledgement – Wellington Advertiser

July 6, 2023

KENILWORTH – Wellington North’s newly endorsed land acknowledgement shouldn’t be the culmination of an attempt at reconciliation, but a starting point, council heard at its June 19 meeting.

Martin Cooper, a senior archaeologist and associate with Archaeological Services Inc., presented council with the new acknowledgement, recognizing Wellington North’s intersection with five treaties involving land traditionally belonging to the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee First Nations.

The most recent treaty, treaty 45.5, was signed in 1836 and is known as the “Saugeen Tract Purchase.”

“Because of the central location of Wellington County and Southern Ontario, a lot of different treaties intersect, so it’s an interesting area for sure in terms of the history,” Cooper told council.

In addition to acknowledging that the township sits on treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Saugeen Ojibway Nation, and territory of the Haudenosaunee, the 145-word statement notes that encroachment by non-Indigenous settlers pushed First Nations peoples from the Wellington North area to settlements elsewhere.

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