For immediate Release
June 21, 2016

Statement by Mayor Bonnie Crombie Marking National Aboriginal Day

The following is a statement by Mayor Bonnie Crombie marking the occasion of National Aboriginal Day:

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, I join with the indigenous community to mark the 20th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day.

“Today and every day, I encourage all Missisaugans to deepen our understanding of the history of our indigenous peoples and the ways in which they have enriched our great City and country.

“Mississauga is the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, a Mississauga Objibwa First Nation with a history dating back centuries ago.

“It is only fitting that our City’s motto reads: “Pride in our past, Faith in our future.”

“National Aboriginal Day is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about the unique culture and heritage of Canada’s indigenous community.  It is important that we reflect on and celebrate the contributions that the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples have made to this great country.

“It is the genuine appreciation, understanding, and pride that we have in our past; which gives us the confidence to have faith in our future; and to overcome challenges before us.

“I look forward to working in partnership with the federal and provincial governments and indigenous leaders and communities to encourage and facilitate reconciliation. Together, we will continue to promote greater appreciation, understanding and respect to strengthen relationships with our indigenous peoples and build more inclusive and prosperous communities, cities, and country.”