We affirm that we are all treaty people and acknowledge that Central Counties Tourism operates within the ancestral Territory and Treaty Lands of the Hiawatha First Nation, Curve Lake First Nation, Alderville First Nation, Mississaugas of Scugog First Nation, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Mississauga First Nation, the Anishinaabeg, the Chippewa of Georgina, the Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat Peoples, and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.
Central Counties Tourism resides in the Dish with One Spoon area. Dish with One Spoon is an ancestral legal agreement between the governing bodies of the Wendat, Neutral, Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples regarding the use of the land’s resources, their commitment to future generations needs from the land; and that the Dish With One Spoon wampum belt treaty is the oldest physical evidence in the world of a civilization having a high level of understanding of environmental resource management that informed the indenturing of rights of the environment and the future generations directly into their legal code.
Central Counties Tourism and Indigenous Tourism Ontario are pleased to be working side by side, together under a Memorandum of Understanding to help advance the Indigenous tourism industry in our regions. We are also working closely with Indigenous organizations in Central Counties to support projects that create experiences and events to help to grow historical and cultural understanding.
By working together in a mutually beneficial manner and nurturing these initiatives, we hope to help all Ontarians prosper through the development of the tourism industry.
We have curated the content of today’s event to further educate us and propel us towards deeper relationships and mutual success. We hope that what you learn here today will stay with you as you continue this journey of relationship-building beyond these walls.