Town of Oakville Bronte Creek Trail First Nation Information Station
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, located on the bank of Sixteen Mile Creek, that more could be done. It was suggested that to honour the beginning of the Truth and Reconciliation process, that an additional First Nations Information station should be located on the Bronte Creek Heritage Trail.
The content for the information station would 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 a First Nation Information Station on this important and well used trail would accomplish this goal.