The opening protocol at London City Council meetings may be about to change.
The corporate services committee will review a proposed change in protocol that would see council acknowledge London’s location on historical First Nations land.
The change would see a two sentence statement follow the O Canada.
“We would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendt, Attawandaron, and Lenape Indigenous peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties, including Treaty 6, The London Township Treaty.”
Currently, Toronto and St. Catharines are the only two municipalities in Ontario that the traditional territory of the First Nations peoples at the beginning of their meetings.
In a letter to the committee, councillors Maureen Cassidy and Tanya park support the change. They write the recognition and respect that would come from the alteration are “essential in order to establish and strengthen, healthy, reciprocal relations.”
The councillors say these relationships are key to the reconciliation process, something which London City Council has made a priority.
Council began discussing the possible change December 2015.
The corporate services committee meets Tuesday at noon.