St. Francis of Assisi School is situated within the lands of Treaty No.19, which was entered into agreement on Wednesday, October 28, 1818.
We acknowledge and thank the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation for being stewards of this traditional territory.
As part of the Halton Catholic District School Board’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, our school board created a Land Acknowledgement, which shows recognition of and respect for Indigenous peoples in both the past and the present, and encourages us to recognize Indigenous people on whose traditional territories we live and work.
Acknowledging the land has been a practice of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for generations. Canada’s history did not begin with the arrival of the settlers or the creation of Canada. The history of the First Peoples in this continent began much earlier, and as public-serving institutions, it is important that we recognize and correct any misconceptions about the history of this country. Recognizing this land expresses gratitude and appreciation to those whose territory you reside on, and honours the Indigenous people who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial. It is important to remember that 46 treaties cover Ontario and other agreements, such as land purchases by the Crown signed between 1781 and 1930. Treaties are the legally binding agreements that set out the rights, responsibilities and relationships of Indigenous people and the federal and provincial governments.
The HCDSB Land Acknowledgement has been shared each day with the students of St. Francis of Assisi School since the 2018-2019 school year. Recently, our board has created a video which captures our land acknowledgement in visual form. The HCDSB Indigenous Land Acknowledgement is shared below.