Muskoka Area Indigenous Leadership Table (MAILT)

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BACKGROUND
The District Municipality of Muskoka has a history of engagement with Indigenous Peoples, including the development of one of the first Archaeological Master Plans in Ontario (1994), a notification protocol that has been in place with Moose Deer Point First Nation since the late 1990s and re-ratified as recently as 2009, and more.

As part of the Official Plan review process in 2011, the District undertook a visioning exercise called Muskoka Moving Forward, and contracted Archaeology Services Inc. (ASI) to lead our engagement with Indigenous communities. Through extensive research, ASI determined that eight Indigenous Nations had a traditional tie or ongoing interest in the lands that now encompass Muskoka and should be included in consultation processes. These included:

In February 2019, the District reached out to these eight First Nations with a formal invitation to attend a meeting aimed at strengthening relations between the District and Indigenous Peoples with established ties to Muskoka. The letter of invitation contained a preliminary list of relationship-strengthening initiatives the District hoped to explore, including launching an Indigenous Leadership Table.

On June 18, 2019 the first Muskoka Area Indigenous Leadership Table (MAILT) was held at Moose Deer Point First Nation with representation from:

  • Moose Deer Point First Nation
  • Wahta Mohawks First Nation
  • Moon River Métis Council
  • Wasauksing First Nation
  • Chippewas of Rama First Nation
  • District of Muskoka
  • Township of Muskoka Lakes
  • Township of Georgian Bay

At this inaugural meeting two important decisions were made. First, the group agreed to broaden the membership to include all municipalities in Muskoka (e.g. Town of Bracebridge, Town of Gravenhurst, Town of Hunstsville, Township of Georgian Bay, Township of Lake of Bays, Township of Muskoka lakes and the District of Muskoka) and to meet quarterly. Second, the group agreed to strike subcommittees, or working groups, as needed.

A list of all active members - for the Muskoka Area Indigenous Leadership Table and its subcommittees - is linked under 'Membership'.

Subcommittees

Currently there are two formal subcommittees of the Muskoka Area Indigenous Leadership Table (MAILT):

  1. The Land Acknowledgement Working Group was the first subcommittee of the overarching MAILT and was focused on creating a broad and meaningful Land Acknowledgement Statement to be used for opening special District events, District Council meetings and to include on appropriate District communications. This working group began meeting in the fall of 2019 and presented the Land Acknowledgement Framework and Guidelines to District Council in March 2021 (linked under Resources). The group has agreed to meet annually to review and update the document. All Municipal Council meetings in Muskoka are now being opened with a Land Acknowledgement.

  2. The Duty to Consult Working Group is a second subcommittee of the overarching MAILT which was formed in late 2019 to examine issues from both the Indigenous and Municipal perspective around the Duty to Consult, Consultation and Notification. This working group aims to: review best practices; better understand legal obligations; and propose new solutions for the membership, including the development of an Indigenous-Municipal Friendship Accord to guide the ongoing relationship between MAILT members. Any new agreements may replace the outdated O'Donnnell Point Notification Protocol which exists between Moose Deer Point First Nation, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the District of Muskoka, the Township of Georgian Bay, and the Township of the Archipelago.


Minutes from the Muskoka Area Indigenous Leadership Table (MAILT) and subcommittees are linked to this page. All minutes posted are FINAL.

Comments made by individuals do not necessarily represent the opinion of the organization represented.

BACKGROUND
The District Municipality of Muskoka has a history of engagement with Indigenous Peoples, including the development of one of the first Archaeological Master Plans in Ontario (1994), a notification protocol that has been in place with Moose Deer Point First Nation since the late 1990s and re-ratified as recently as 2009, and more.

As part of the Official Plan review process in 2011, the District undertook a visioning exercise called Muskoka Moving Forward, and contracted Archaeology Services Inc. (ASI) to lead our engagement with Indigenous communities. Through extensive research, ASI determined that eight Indigenous Nations had a traditional tie or ongoing interest in the lands that now encompass Muskoka and should be included in consultation processes. These included:

In February 2019, the District reached out to these eight First Nations with a formal invitation to attend a meeting aimed at strengthening relations between the District and Indigenous Peoples with established ties to Muskoka. The letter of invitation contained a preliminary list of relationship-strengthening initiatives the District hoped to explore, including launching an Indigenous Leadership Table.

On June 18, 2019 the first Muskoka Area Indigenous Leadership Table (MAILT) was held at Moose Deer Point First Nation with representation from:

  • Moose Deer Point First Nation
  • Wahta Mohawks First Nation
  • Moon River Métis Council
  • Wasauksing First Nation
  • Chippewas of Rama First Nation
  • District of Muskoka
  • Township of Muskoka Lakes
  • Township of Georgian Bay

At this inaugural meeting two important decisions were made. First, the group agreed to broaden the membership to include all municipalities in Muskoka (e.g. Town of Bracebridge, Town of Gravenhurst, Town of Hunstsville, Township of Georgian Bay, Township of Lake of Bays, Township of Muskoka lakes and the District of Muskoka) and to meet quarterly. Second, the group agreed to strike subcommittees, or working groups, as needed.

A list of all active members - for the Muskoka Area Indigenous Leadership Table and its subcommittees - is linked under 'Membership'.

Subcommittees

Currently there are two formal subcommittees of the Muskoka Area Indigenous Leadership Table (MAILT):

  1. The Land Acknowledgement Working Group was the first subcommittee of the overarching MAILT and was focused on creating a broad and meaningful Land Acknowledgement Statement to be used for opening special District events, District Council meetings and to include on appropriate District communications. This working group began meeting in the fall of 2019 and presented the Land Acknowledgement Framework and Guidelines to District Council in March 2021 (linked under Resources). The group has agreed to meet annually to review and update the document. All Municipal Council meetings in Muskoka are now being opened with a Land Acknowledgement.

  2. The Duty to Consult Working Group is a second subcommittee of the overarching MAILT which was formed in late 2019 to examine issues from both the Indigenous and Municipal perspective around the Duty to Consult, Consultation and Notification. This working group aims to: review best practices; better understand legal obligations; and propose new solutions for the membership, including the development of an Indigenous-Municipal Friendship Accord to guide the ongoing relationship between MAILT members. Any new agreements may replace the outdated O'Donnnell Point Notification Protocol which exists between Moose Deer Point First Nation, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the District of Muskoka, the Township of Georgian Bay, and the Township of the Archipelago.


Minutes from the Muskoka Area Indigenous Leadership Table (MAILT) and subcommittees are linked to this page. All minutes posted are FINAL.

Comments made by individuals do not necessarily represent the opinion of the organization represented.

Page last updated: 16 May 2022, 08:24 AM