New land-acknowledgment statement approved for use before meetings in Smiths Falls
At this week’s Smiths Falls council meeting, a new land-acknowledgment statement was approved to be read at the beginning of all council and committee meetings.
Chuck Commanda of the Kitigan Zibi community created a land-acknowledgment statement specifically for Smiths Falls recognizing the rich Indigenous history of the town and surrounding areas as well as the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation.
The town’s Racism and Discrimination Task Force approved the statement which includes mention of the work of members of the Algonquin in helping to create the Rideau canal along with the history of covenants between Indigenous communities and European settlers.
Council passed the motion to accept and use the statement unanimously.