On Friday, June 21, at Fort York’s Indigenous Arts Festival, the Moccasin Identifier celebrated a long awaited moment – the official launch of the Moccasin Identifier. After twenty years of grassroots advocacy, trying to help the people of Ontario understand whose land they really stand on, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation are the grateful recipients of a grant from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.
Thanks to the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, we’re finally able to realize our long held vision for the Moccasin Identifier. We believe this is because the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation understand the significance of connecting communities to the Indigenous presence of the Greenbelt and that Truth and Reconciliation can only be achieved through meaningful relationship building with First Nations. This partnership and their support is a step in the right direction and truly a sign of the times.
Moccasin Identifier’s Carolyn King states “if we don’t get a marker on the ground, we’ll be lost forever. Our dream is to see every classroom and citizen of the Greenbelt, Ontario and then all of Canada have a Moccasin Identifier education kit, with moccasins installations in public places and spaces, so people will forever know whose land they stand on.”
Together, in partnership with our friends from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, we’re going to make this happen.