Truth and Reconciliation

The Region of Waterloo is situated on the lands within the Haldimand Treaty of 1784, a formally ratified agreement acknowledging six miles on either side of the Grand River as treaty territory belonging to Six Nations of the Grand River.

The Region of Waterloo serves an area
within the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Chonnonton and Haudenosaunee peoples. This territory is within the lands protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum. We acknowledge the enduring presence, knowledge and philosophies of Indigenous Peoples.

We acknowledge the continuing accomplishments and contributions Indigenous Peoples make in shaping Waterloo Region.


In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada issued 94 Calls to Action in 2015, which provide a roadmap for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.  

As a municipality, the Region of Waterloo has committed to implementing these Calls to Action, which include measures to address the legacy of residential schools, support Indigenous languages and cultures, and promote the wellbeing of Indigenous peoples. 

The Region of Waterloo's Office of Reconciliation and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) is committed to implementing these Calls to Action and working towards reconciliation in our community. We work collaboratively with community to implement initiatives that support truth-telling, healing, and reconciliation.

The Region is an active member of the Reconciliation Action Partnership,a collaborative group of municipal representatives working to coordinate efforts to support Indigenous-centred initiatives across Waterloo Region.

News

Sign with Indigenous Greetings at Regional Headquarters

Aanii, Boozhoo, She:kon, Tansi, Welcome! As you enter Regional Headquarters at 150 Frederick you will be welcomed with new signs offering 14 different greetings in Indigenous and Métis languages.

Within the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, there are five calls directly related to language and culture. Call 14.i says that “Aboriginal languages are a fundamental and valued element of Canadian culture and society, and there is an urgency to preserve them.”   

This initiative is one of many steps forward in our collective effort to foster Truth and Reconciliation.

Photo of Paula Whitlow

In 2022, the Region of Waterloo hired Paula Whitlow as the first Director, Truth and Reconciliation.

From the wolf clan of the Mohawk nation and a resident of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Paula has lived her entire life within the Haldimand Tract. She has traced her ancestry back to the original Haudenosaunee homelands of Upper New York State prior to the American Revolution.

Paula joins the Region of Waterloo from the Native Women’s Centre in Hamilton, where she served as executive director. She previously served as director of the Woodland Cultural Centre.

Read more about Paula here.

Access to Regional facilities for cultural and ceremonial use 

The Region of Waterloo respects the right of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples to practice and revitalize their cultural customs and traditions. As part of the Region’s commitment to Reconciliation and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, we now offer bookable spaces free of cost for First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to access public spaces for cultural and ceremonial use. 

Spaces available for booking 

  • Meeting rooms at Regional buildings
  • Room rentals at Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum
  • Room rentals at Joseph Schneider Haus
  • Room rentals at Region of Waterloo Libraries 
  • Outdoor gathering space at a Regional forest
How to book space

To book a space, email equity@regionofwaterloo.cawith the following details: 

  • Requester Name
  • Organization or Group Name
  • Date of event
  • Location required
  • Type of event

Staff will work closely with you through the process, and help you get insurance and any permits that may be required.

Additional Information

Fees
Depending on your event, there
may be other fees not related to booking the space that the Province or other municipalities charge. For more information, contact Regional staff.


Bylaws
Events need to meet Regional by-laws related to space rentals. If you have any questions about the by-laws contact Regional staff at equity@regionofwaterloo.ca

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