Town of Oakville Bronte Creek Moccasin Trail
Start date: 6 February, 2017
End date: 30 September, 2017
The Town of Oakville has 57 kilometers of Heritage Trails, first linked and signed in 2000 that provide insights into Oakville and its environment. Accessible to walkers, joggers and cyclists, these trails also feature information stations telling over eighty stories about this land and its people, from 9000 BC to AD 2000. In 2016 as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Process the town began dialogue with community members of aboriginal background. Through discussions it became apparent that while the Heritage Trail system does include one information station on First Nations, that more could be done. This project will honor the beginning of the Truth and Reconciliation process by creating a Moccasin Trail on the Heritage Trail system, one on each of the river trails. The Moccasin Trail will be a series of 13 plaques containing aboriginal stories, verses and information relating to the land, water and sky giving visitors to the trail a deeper understanding of aboriginal heritage. The content for the plaques will be developed in partnership with the Mississauga’s of the New Credit First Nation and Indigenous community members.
Nature of the Project Reach
The project will take place on very well used trails which draw users at a regional level. The outcomes of this project will increase the popularity of the trail.
Oakville is located on the shores of Lake Ontario at the mouth of two important waterways, Sixteen Mile Creek and Bronte Creek. The land was ceded to the crown in in 1820 by the Mississaugas. Oakville was founded in 1857 and 2017 marks Canada’s 150th and Oakville’s 160th anniversary. As part of the Truth and Reconciliation process we feel it is important to tell the story of aboriginal history in Oakville and to raise the awareness of this important history in the community. The creation of these plaques and information panels on this important and well used trail would accomplish this goal.