The Truth and Reconciliation Commission:
Do you want to learn more? Do you want to understand more?
Join us for an experiential workshop that aims to foster an understanding of our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Blankets will be used to represent the lands of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people through the time of pre-contact, treaty making, colonization and resistance. All participants will be actively involved during this workshop.
The workshop will take place at Christ Church on March 31, 12:30 – 2:30. The church is located at 22 Nancy Street.
All are welcome to attend; you need not be a member of Christ Church.
You can call us at 905-857-0433 or email us to register. We invite all participants to make a small donation of $10 or whatever you are able. All are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch. Please note participants will be asked to remove their shoes for the exercise.
Did you know?
Each Sunday, we acknowledge our presence on Indigenous territory. Have you ever wondered what this is all about? Many of us have. Why are we doing this?
The Mississaugas of Credit First Nation lived and worshipped in the region now known as Peel long before Christ Church was built. We have only the written accounts of the white settlers to inform us, so half the story is missing but from written accounts we know that in 1615 Champlain visited the Jesuit mission on Lake Simcoe. Here he heard of a river route to the Great Lake further south. Champlain dispatched his interpreter, Etienne Brule, along with 15 Hurons to paddle down the Humber river to a place now known as Toronto. They passed bands of native people on the way.
Later, in 1793, a surveyor for the Crown called James Chewit drew a map showing the boundaries of what is now known as the region of Peel. The Mississauga Purchase of 1818 brought the region of Peel into being.
On October 28 of that year a treaty was signed whereby the Indians, in return for a sum of money, relinquished a tract of over 600,000 acres to the British government. Some small Treaty payments were made on an instalment basis and in 1828 it was time for the Government of Upper Canada to make another payment. They never did this and residents of the region of Peel continue to this day to live on land that was never paid for.
The acknowledgement we make each Sunday is a reminder of the abandonment of responsibility by the settlers to fulfill the terms of the Treaty made in 1818.