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Land Acknowledgement

The City of Moose Jaw is located within Treaty 4 territory, the original lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakoda and Lakota, and the homeland of Métis Nation. The nêhiyawak translation of Moose Jaw is môso-tâpiskan and is the shared landscape for Indigenous Peoples and settlers from around the world who call Moose Jaw home. We acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we are committed to move forward in equal partnerships with Indigenous Nations, with respect, and in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation

Background

Creation of a City of Moose Jaw Indigenous Engagement Framework Policy is underway. Using the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls To Action as a guide, the Framework will be used to inform meaningful engagement and consultation with Indigenous Nations to better establish partnerships and identify opportunities for social and economic growth.

A Land Acknowledgement is an act of reconciliation recognizing the historical and continuing relationship between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories. The Framework Policy will include an approved Land Acknowledgement to be read at City hosted events. At a regular meeting of Moose Jaw City Council in September of 2023, City Council for the first time adopted a land acknowledgement.

Multiple Indigenous partners were consulted during the process of creating the proposed Land Acknowledgement, and some of the key feedback we received indicated that a proper Land Acknowledgement should:

  • “Reflect how we got here as a city.”
  • “Acknowledge our Indigenous history.”
  • “Accurately reflect where we are on our Truth & Reconciliation journey.”
  • “Change as we grow.”

Strategic Plan

The City’s Land Acknowledgement Protocol supports the long-term strategies of Objective #7 – People and Culture. That objective discusses the need to meet with Elders and First Nations in Moose Jaw to create a closer relationship and the development of a Municipal Cultural Action Plan.

To read the report presented to City Council, click here.

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