Trail projects honouring Indigenous heritage receive Canada 150 funding from Oakville Community Foundation

Thu, 26 Jan 2017

Three trail projects honouring Oakville’s rich Indigenous heritage will receive a total of $40,450 in funding from Oakville Community Foundation’s Community Fund for Canada’s 150.

The funding will go towards the addition of a First Nations information station on the Bronte Creek Heritage Trail as well as the creation of two Moccasin Trails – one on the Bronte Creek Heritage Trail and the other on the Inner Valley Trail portion of the Sixteen Mile Creek Trail. The Moccasin Trails will feature a series of 13 plaques containing aboriginal stories, verses and information relating to the land, water and sky, giving visitors a deeper understanding of aboriginal heritage. Content for the information booth and plaques will be developed in partnership with the Mississauga’s of the New Credit First Nation and Indigenous community members.

“Receiving this funding will not only help us commemorate Canada’s 150th – it will also allow us to honour the beginning of the Truth and Reconciliation Process in partnership with Indigenous members of our community,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We’re very much looking forward to sharing this important part of our history and culture through these exciting trail projects.”

The trail projects are expected to be complete by late fall 2017.

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150 is part of a national program developed by Community Foundations of Canada in partnership with the federal government that seeks to inspire a deeper understanding of our nation and encourage broad and inclusive participation in a wide range of initiatives marking the country’s sesquicentennial anniversary of Confederation. For more information, visit the Oakville Community Foundation website.