A land acknowledgement announcement will soon be part of the opening of future Kincardine council meetings.
Kincardine councillor Gerry Glover is the municipal rep on the Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee and he says the committee believes council needs to recognize that the land they're on "was cared for by stewards who are no longer here but we are trying to maintain it.....with the same pride."
A Land Acknowledgment is a formal statement that recognizes the unique and lasting relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territory.
It honours the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action about honouring Indigenous people’s historical and contemporary contributions to Canada and encourages a diverse and inclusive community.
Glover, who is Métis, says he doesn't want this to become a so-called "tick box exercise" but needs to be a process of understanding of where we have come as a people and where we want to go.
Council has directed staff to contact First Nations people to come up with an acceptable recognition of the lands that can be read before each meeting.