The Greenbelt Moccasin Identifier Program
Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
$183,000 (over 2 years)
Grant Stream: Prosperous Greenbelt
Date Approved: June 20, 2018
The project develops and launches the Greenbelt Moccasin Identifier Program to establish Indigenous heritage markers on the Greenbelt landscape that increase the visibility of First Nations and Metis in the area and support indigenous cultural reclamation, a critical component of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions’ Calls to Action. The Chiefs of Ontario Assembly have endorsed the program and multiple government and community partners are interested in contributing and supporting the program. The project educates and strengthens engagement and stewardship of the Greenbelt. Sites will be marked where First Nations and The Metis Nation have deep, ancestral ties to the Greenbelt landscape.
The Moccasin Identifier Project will act as a pilot-project for other indigenous communities across Canada to deliver deeply rooted messages to residents about the historic presence of First Nations peoples in our country.
Moccasin installations, unique to each site, will recognize the Seneca (Haudenosaunee – Six Nations of the Grand Confederacy), Anishinaabee (Chippewas of Georgina Island, Williams Treaty Nations), Huron Wendat Nation and The Metis Nation. The project will establish a brand for the program; marketing plan; education toolkit; web portal; research and identify historic and significant sites and systems; engage communities to install makers; and engage schools/students through educational materials and activities. Key partnerships include the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ministry of Transportation, Ontario Parks, municipals governments, conservation authorities, area schools and others.