Land Acknowledgement StatementImage of Friendship Accord

The Township of Selwyn recites a land acknowledgment statement at the start of all Council meetings as an action to advance reconciliation and as a regular reminder of the gratitude to the First Nations for their care and stewardship of mother earth. A land acknowledgment statement recognizes the traditional territory of the Indigenous people(s). It is a sign of gratitude and respect.

Selwyn Township's land acknowledgment statement reads:

“We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the treaty and traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg. We offer our gratitude to the First Peoples for their care for, and teachings about, our earth and our relations. May we honour those teachings.”

For more information about the land acknowledgment statement, read the Notice of Motion.

Pronunciation of First Nations communities
  • Michi Saagiig: mi-jih SAW-geeg
  • Anishinabeg: uh-NISH-in-NAH-bek

As a region, local First Nation communities and municipalities, including Selwyn Township, have worked collaboratively through the Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) to learn about our histories, our culture and to look for ways to improve the lives of our community members through mutual respect and understanding.

Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI)

Group photo from the Friendship Accord Signing Ceremony

In 2016, Hiawatha First Nation, Curve Lake First Nation, Selwyn Township, Otonabee South-Monaghan Township, the County of Peterborough and Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development came together as CEDI partners. With the help of CEDI’s Stronger Together framework, the Treaty 20-Greater Peterborough Area partnership has forged positive, respectful relationships and collaborated on joint community economic development projects. 

This partnership has committed to joint planning in several areas of mutual benefit, including community economic development, regional and Indigenous tourism, planning and the duty to consult, and public/youth engagement and education

On November 2, 2019 at Lang Pioneer Village in Keene, representatives from the six CEDI partners came together for the ceremonial signing of “Ezhi-Wiijikiwendiyang” or Friendship Accord, which articulates the spirit of their partnership and their commitment to work together moving forward, for the well-being of our communities. “Ezhi-Wiijikiwendiyang” translated from Anishanaabemowin roughly to ‘how we are friends.’

 

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