The City of Cambridge acknowledges that we are situated upon the land traditionally used by the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and Neutral People.

We also acknowledge the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge and philosophies of the Indigenous People with whom we share this land today.


In 2015, Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its findings and 94 Calls to Action to redress the residential school’s legacy and advance the reconciliation process in Canada. The Calls to Action are directed at all levels of government, the private sector and to Canadians as a whole.

The City of Cambridge is working implementing the Truth & Reconciliation Calls to Action and collaborating with municipal partners in our approach.

In September 2021, council approved a report that identified our next steps in reconciliation including:

    • City of Cambridge’s rental-related fees associated with use of municipal space for Indigenous cultural and ceremonial events be suspended year-round until such policy is considered by Council;
    • Continue in a coordinated approach working with the inter-municipal Reconciliation Action Plan Work Group to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan

The City of Cambridge acknowledges that reconciliation is an intentional ongoing lifelong process, that requires the efforts of staff at all levels. Staff continue to work towards reconciliation through Indigenous-led learning opportunities, internal and external communication, and meaningful relationship building.

 

 Territorial Acknowledgement 
 

Territorial Acknowledgement

In May 2018, council approved Report 18-023, adopting the Indigenous Territory Acknowledgement at the beginning of every Council meeting. Staff have since undergone training regarding providing meaningful acknowledgements and an internal resource on Indigenous Territory Acknowledgements has been shared with staff.

The acknowledgement used by Council and staff is as follows:

The City of Cambridge acknowledges that we are situated upon the land traditionally used by the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and Neutral People.

We also acknowledge the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge and philosophies of the Indigenous People with whom we share this land today.

 

Why we say a Territorial Acknowledgement

This acknowledgement is stated to give context to the history and continued traditions of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations of this land. Acknowledging that it begins before European contact and includes the Neutral (Attawandaron, pronounced “At-tah-wahn-da-ron), Anishnaabe (pronounced Ah-nish-naw-bay) and Haudenosaunee (pronounced Ho-den-noh-show-nee) peoples.

 

We say this at the City of Cambridge to work toward reconciliation with Indigenous communities. 
Indigenous Community Use of Space

Staff are working to make it easier for Indigenous communities to access public spaces to celebrate their culture and ceremony.

 

The City of Cambridge is waiving rental-related fees for using city spaces for eligible Indigenous cultural and ceremonial events.

 

To book space for eligible Indigenous cultural or ceremonial events, please visit the Book or Rent a Facility page. There you will find the list of locations and  the Rental Request Form.

 

When requesting a booking, please note that the request is being for the purposes of Indigenous community usage. 

Days of Significance 

Days of Significance

  • June: National Indigenous People’s Month
  • June 21: National Indigenous People’s Day
  • September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation / Orange Shirt Day
  • October 4: National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls 
  • November 1-7: Treaties Recognition Week
  • November 8: National Aboriginal Veteran’s Day

Indigenous Community Resources

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