Indigenous Trail Markers Installed Along Ontario Trails
Province Recognizes the Culture and History of Indigenous Communities
Ontario is recognizing the history and culture of Indigenous peoples by installing trail markers across the province.
Twenty-five new trail markers have been installed along Ontario's portion of the Trans Canada Trail, the world's longest network of recreational trails. The trail markers provide Indigenous communities and organizations an opportunity to share their stories in their own words and educate trail users about Indigenous history and culture in Ontario.
Ontario provided $250,000 to the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto to administer the Indigenous trail markers project. With Ontario's support, members from Aboriginal Leadership Partners and the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto worked with Indigenous communities and organizations, municipalities and land owners on the design and installation of the trail markers.
Supporting education about Indigenous history and culture is one of many steps on Ontario's journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects the government's commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.
- Trail markers are used to communicate directional, cultural or educational information along trails. These 25 Indigenous trail markers are plaques that highlight the history and culture of Indigenous communities in Ontario – from ancestral settlements and treaties to trail networks created by hunters, traders and diplomats.
- Ontario has more than 80,000 km of trails that support recreation, tourism, and active transportation.
- The Aboriginal Leadership Partners is a group comprised of key regional Indigenous leaders, communities and organizations. Members that participated in this project include the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River, Huron-Wendat Nation, the Métis Nation of Ontario, and the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres.
- Ontario’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report’s Calls to Action, The Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation committed to enhancing public education and awareness of Indigenous perspectives, history and culture.
- The United Nations’ International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is August 9 and marks the anniversary of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations and the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
“Ontario’s new Indigenous trail markers will support greater awareness and appreciation of Indigenous history, culture and contributions to our shared history. A greater understanding of our shared history not only helps Ontarians work together more fully as partners, but will help guide us on the path to reconciliation.”
“Indigenous art plays a fundamental role in our cultural landscape and the steps we can take to better understand and appreciate these works are essential to our development as a province. As we move forward to connect Ontario communities by expanding our trail system, I’m delighted to see us also building cultural connections with Indigenous partners by installing 25 new trail markers that reflect their experiences.”
“The recognition of Indigenous peoples’ narratives is an important step in promoting educational awareness to all Canadians. In honouring the stories of our ancestors, we share the knowledge, teaching and traditions of Indigenous peoples into the present whilst informing our future generations.”