Lanark County Neighbours for Truth & Reconciliation is excited to share with you this plaque that the Town of Perth has approved for installation in the Tay Basin. The plaque dimensions are 36 inches x 60 inches. “Thousands of Years of Algonquin Homeland” speaks to the impact of colonization on Indigenous people. The importance of telling this story in downtown Perth cannot be overstated as we work to rebalance the settler perspective on the settlement of Lanark County as part of our commitment to Reconciliation. The plaque is the result of a lengthy period of collaboration with local Indigenous advisors. Our fundraising initiative is now closed and the plaque is being manufactured and we expect that it will be installed in the spring of 2021. Depending on the pandemic, the unveiling ceremony will take place then.
Algonquins of Bedford, Oso & South Sherbrooke Plaque
We are waiting on the end of winter 2021 to complete the installation of the Algonquins of Bedford, Oso & South Sherbrooke plaque.
Introducing Ikwe Point Road
At their December 12th, 2020 meeting, Beckwith Township council passed a motion to change the road name to Ikwe Point Road. The new road name is pronounced "Eekway" according to the Algonquin language dictionary at https://www.thealgonquinway.ca/ The name was a result of consensus achieved between the Algonquin people and the residents along the private road. It is the first road bearing an Algonquin name in Lanark County and we look forward to more Algonquin road names in the future as it is a great way for municipalities to promote Reconciliation.
Do You Want to Be a Leader of Change?The Truth and Reconciliation Training Program works with local youth from all backgrounds, aged 15-30 and provides access to knowledge about Indigenous peoples, their worldviews and history. You will have fun learning hands-on about different Indigenous traditions and customs from various knowledge holders and Elders. You will learn about the environment and different kinds of relationships within it through both Western and Indigenous science. In addition, for the time you participate in our camp, these hours will count as volunteer hours! Lastly, we will prepare you to lead and co-create a Truth and Reconciliation Student Group at your school to carry on this important work!