Area Identified as our Traditional Territory
The Mississaugas of the Credit came to view the territory they occupied and used in Southern Ontario as their traditional territory. In the 1800s several detailed and consistent geographical descriptions of what was by then considered the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit were outlined in written documents. One such description was provided to the Governor General by Chiefs Joseph Sawyer and John Jones in 1844:
The extent of county owned and possessed by the River Credit Indians from time immemorial, extended as far down as the river Rouge then up the said river Rouge to its source, thence Westerly along the dividing ridge between Lake Huron and Ontario to the head water of the Thames thence Southernly to Long Point on Lake Erie, thence down Lake Erie, Niagara River, and lake Ontario to the place of the beginning.