It’s fashionable across Canada for politicians, especially progressives, to start every speech or statement by acknowledging they are on the traditional territory of “fill in the blank” first nation.
Even in Parliament and provincial legislatures you’ll hear this. In Vancouver it’s so commonplace, the Conservative convention opened with such an acknowledgement.
With a speech Minister McKenna gave in Niagara Falls, she expanded the territory. A media advisory for the 37th Annual General Assembly of First Nations said she’d be speaking on the Treaty Territory of the Six Nations of the Grand River. The address on the official government of Canada notice struck me because I’m from the area and the Scotia Bank Convention Centre is nowhere near their Treaty Territory.
The Six Nations are as traditional to that area as any white settler that got a land grant because that’s what they were given for their loyalty to the crown.
The original grant was six miles on either side of the Grand River, later shrunk for various reasons but even taking the original land grant, Minister McKenna just expanded the six nations territory exponentially.
It was never Six Nations territory. These types of statements are wrong and disingenuous, and have to stop.
Wynne also does this in Toronto in the Legislature at Queen’s Park saying she’s on traditional land of the Mississauga’s of the New Credit but they sold the land to the Governor of Upper Canada in 1787. They haven’t lived there in over two centuries.
There are land claim issues that need to be settled but let’s stop with the false piety and virtue signalling and let’s stop expanding territory to people who never owned it.