The Mayor of the Town of Oakville, Rob Burton, has proclaimed February 28, 2023, as the 203rd anniversary of the signing of Treaty 22. This day is recognized by the Town of Oakville as a time to honor the history, diversity, and distinct contributions of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations.
“This relationship can be celebrated every year by Oakville, and I believe our collaboration with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations will be an excellent way to foster that relationship.I encourage the entire community to contribute their ideas and suggestions in order to make this event as meaningful as possible.” Mayor Burton said.
Chief Gimaa Stacey LaForme of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation spoke at the event outside the Oakville Public Library's central branch, saying, “The relationship that is developing between Oakville and I is very important. Announcing Treaty Day is an important step forward in bringing people together in peace and friendship, as well as in learning from one another.”
Indigenous Knowledge Guide Stephen Paquette, Oakville Community Foundation CEO Wendy Rinella, Oakville Museum Supervisor Carolyn Cross and Oakville Public Library Chief Executive Officer Tara Wong participated in the event.
Oakville Town Councillors, Community Services Commissioner Colleen Bell, representatives from community partners Halton District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board and town staff attended the Treaty Day event.