This session of Unify Toronto Dialogues explored how exercising Indigenous Rights and re-establishing Indigenous governance are the best, if not the only, hope for protecting the land and water from further assault and beginning the process of regeneration. Presenters looked at how realizing this hope requires spiritual, political, technical and social action. There is a “Duty to Consult” as established by the Supreme Court, the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), all of which the present federal government has sworn to uphold. And the City of Toronto has passed a resolution supporting UNDRIP. Toronto is recognized as Traditional Anishinaabe Territory with the Rights Holders being the Mississaugas of the New Credit.
In this session, Kevin Best (the series curator who has been working on merging Indigenous and non-Indigenous actions for restoring the Great Lakes bioregion for more than 20 years) was joined in conversation by Giidaakunadaad (Nancy) Rowe from Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Participants heard about New Credit’s initiatives to protect the land and water and their movement to restore Indigenous Governance in Toronto. The session also explored the opportunities and challenges in working with government structures, particularly in the areas of planning, education and the rights of Indigenous children. The role of settler allies in supporting the emerging movement of Indigenous Rights Holders was also explored.
Unify Toronto Dialogues is a monthly dialogue series toward co-creating a just, life-sustaining and fulfilling society–in Toronto and globally.
This was a free event held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. For more information about the event click the link below.