Oakville and Mississaugas launch website to recognize shared Treaty history

MISSISSAUGAS OF THE CREDIT FIRST NATION/OAKVILLE– The communities of MCFN and Oakville have launched a new website.

In a shared effort to build truth and reconciliation, the First Nation and the Oakville Community Foundation have launched the Debwewin (Oakville): The Oakville Truth Project on a website which talks about the two communities shared history.

“Debwewin” is one of the seven Anishnabek Grandfather Teachings and refers to “truth.” This project raises questions about Oakville’s Truths and invites the community to become part of a truth and reconciliation journey towards mutually respectful relations between Indigenous and non-Indigeous people.

Debwewin is inspired and guided by MCFN Elder Peter Schuler with membership from leading academics, historians, legal claims experts, Indigenous knowledge keepers and guides who act as the Debwewin Advisory Council. The Project is supported by the MCFN Chief and Council.

The site features a virtual map of the two treaties that Oakville lies on, information about the Seven Grandfather Teachings and several videos that introduce you to Debwewin Advisory Council Members who offer a starting point to begin conversations around Oakville’s Treaties and the Truth.

The Town of Oakville acknowledged “Treaty Day” on February 28, marking the 202nd anniversary of the signing of Treaty 22. The website can be seen online at www.debwewinoakville.ca.

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