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Reconciliation for Business

Reconciliation for Business

The City of Kawartha Lakes honours and recognizes the importance of the Indigenous people (First Nation, Métis, and Inuit) and their cultural contributions to the tapestry of our region. The municipality recognizes the significant contributions of the Indigenous people and is committed to working together towards reconciliation. Tools and resources included are to help businesses respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Call to Action #92.

Land Acknowledgement

The City of Kawartha Lakes respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Mississauga lands and the traditional territory covered by the Williams Treaties.

We are grateful for the opportunity to work here and we thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land - for thousands of years. We recognize and deeply appreciate their historic connection to this place. We also recognize the contributions of Métis, Inuit, and other Indigenous peoples, both in shaping and strengthening this community and country as a whole. This recognition is connected to our collective commitment to make the promise and the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation real in our community.

What is a land acknowledgment?

Historically, a land acknowledgment is a traditional practice shared amongst Indigenous groups to recognize the Indigenous land & territory they are visiting. Today a land acknowledgement remains a way to express one’s gratitude to the Mississauga people for being stewards of the land that we live and work on.

Resources for Businesses

The tools and resources listed below have been developed to help businesses respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Call to Action #92.

Read the full text of Call to Action #92 here: Business and Reconciliation

92.  Business and Reconciliation.  We call upon the corporate sector in Canada to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework and to apply its principles, norms, and standards to corporate policy and core operational activities involving Indigenous peoples and their lands and resources. This would include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Commit to meaningful consultation, building respectful relationships, and obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples before proceeding with economic development projects.
  2. Ensure that Aboriginal peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities in the corporate sector, and that Aboriginal communities gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects.
  3. Provide education for management and staff on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.


Read the complete Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action here.

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