Mayor Rob Burton proclaimed February 28th, 2022 as the 202nd anniversary of the signings of Treaty 22 in the Town of Oakville. The Town of Oakville recognizes this day to honour the history, diversity, and distinct contributions of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations.
“Today’s proclamation is only a first step. I think Oakville can do its relationship proud by celebrating this every year and I believe our plans for cultural and educational programming in collaboration with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations will be a wonderful way to foster that relationship,” said Mayor Burton.“I call on all members of the community to bring forward your ideas and suggestions so this can be as meaningful as possible.”
The event, held outside of the Coach House at Oakville Museum’s Erchless Estate, featured a speech by Gimaa Stacey LaForme of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, who remarked, “I am thankful for relationships that are developing with Oakville. The announcement of Treaty Day is another step forward and provides a chance for all people to come together in peace and friendship, and to learn of each other.”
Indigenous Knowledge Guide Stephen Paquette, Oakville Community Foundation CEO Wendy Rinella, Oakville Museum Supervisor Julian Kingston and Oakville Public Library Community Development and Engagement Manager Marcus Logan participated in the event. Mayor Burton also delivered greetings from National Defence Minister Anita Anand, Member of Parliament for Oakville and Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament for Oakville North—Burlington.
Ward 1 Town Councillor Beth Robertson representing Town Council, Community Services Commissioner Colleen Bell, Ian Troop representing the YMCA Oakville, representatives from community partners Halton District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board, Grandmother's Voice, Our Kids Network, and town staff attended the Treaty Day event.