Town of Oakville Bronte Creek Moccasin Trails
Start date: 1 November, 2016
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. The suggested project to honor the beginning of the Truth and Reconciliation process, would be to create two Moccasin Trails on the Heritage Trail system, one the Bronte Creek Heritage Trail and one on the Sixteen Mile Creek Inner Valley Trail. The Moccasin Trails would 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 would be developed in partnership with the Mississauga’s of the New Credit First Nation and Indigenous community members. An Information Station would also be developed for each of the trails.
Nature of the Project Reach
Oakville's trails are visited by thousands of community members and visitors annually.
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 two of the most important and well used trails would accomplish this goal.
- Reach: Community(ies)
- Theme(s): Arts & Culture, Sports & Recreation
- Region(s): Ontario
- Website: http://www.oakville.ca/culturerec/heritage-trails.html