Regional Chair Bradley and Chief LaForme of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation build stronger relationship through productive first meeting
As a step toward reconciliation, Regional Chair Jim Bradley met with Chief Stacey LaForme of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation yesterday to continue cultivating a respectful, long-term relationship between the two communities.
During their meeting, the Regional Chair and Chief LaForme discussed opportunities to raise awareness of First Nation treaty rights, the presence of Indigenous history and culture throughout Niagara, as well as prospective partnerships for new economic development initiatives.
Prior to the meeting, Niagara Region staff have been working closely with members of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and other urban Indigenous communities, to ensure Indigenous interests are reflected in broad Regional policies. Regional Council is forging stronger relationships with Indigenous communities within Niagara that will lead to equitable representation in Regional planning, and the delivery of services that support the health and well-being of Indigenous Peoples.
Niagara Region is committed to fostering better relationships with Indigenous Peoples through the implementation of enhanced consultation practices and education for staff. By working together with all First Nations and Indigenous communities, Niagara can help celebrate Indigenous culture, history, entrepreneurship, expertise, and achievements.
As a next step, Chair Bradley and Chief LaForme agreed to hold a special council meeting focused on educating members of council on First Nations, Indigenous and Metis issues. The workshop will also give Regional Council the opportunity to learn about how their work can support the recommendations of the Federal Commission on Truth and Reconciliation. Chair Bradley committed to setting the date for this special council meeting before the end of the third quarter of this year.
The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation maintain constitutionally protected treaty rights within Niagara under the Treaty of Fort Niagara (1781) and the Between the Lakes Treaty 3 (1792).
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