Muskoka Area Indigenous Leadership Table (MAILT)

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 First Nations communities. Through extensive research, ASI determined that eight First Nations had a traditional tie or ongoing interest in the lands that now encompass Muskoka and should be included in consultation processes. These included:

  • Wahta Mohawks
  • Moose Deer Point First Nation
  • Beausoleil Island First Nation
  • Chippewas of Mnjikaning (Rama) First Nation
  • Wasauksing First Nation
  • Huron-Wendat First Nation
  • Georgina Island First Nation, and
  • The Métis Nation of Ontario

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 and to meet at least twice a year. Second, the group agreed to strike subcommittees, or working groups, as needed.

A list of all participating members - for the Muskoka Area Leadership Table and the 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 is the first subcommittee of the overarching MAILT and is focused on creating a broad and meaningful Land Acknowledgement Statement that the District can use for opening special District events, District committee and council meetings and to include on appropriate District communications. This working group began meeting in the fall of 2019 and aims to have a Land Acknowledgement Statement in place by mid-summer 2020.

  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 opportunities for shared service agreements. 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.

Please Note: As many of the conversations that take place at the Muskoka Area Indigenous Leadership Table (MAILT) are foundational, both FULL and SUMMARY minutes are posted. MAILT meeting participants are listed on the full versions only.

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 First Nations communities. Through extensive research, ASI determined that eight First Nations had a traditional tie or ongoing interest in the lands that now encompass Muskoka and should be included in consultation processes. These included:

  • Wahta Mohawks
  • Moose Deer Point First Nation
  • Beausoleil Island First Nation
  • Chippewas of Mnjikaning (Rama) First Nation
  • Wasauksing First Nation
  • Huron-Wendat First Nation
  • Georgina Island First Nation, and
  • The Métis Nation of Ontario

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 and to meet at least twice a year. Second, the group agreed to strike subcommittees, or working groups, as needed.

A list of all participating members - for the Muskoka Area Leadership Table and the 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 is the first subcommittee of the overarching MAILT and is focused on creating a broad and meaningful Land Acknowledgement Statement that the District can use for opening special District events, District committee and council meetings and to include on appropriate District communications. This working group began meeting in the fall of 2019 and aims to have a Land Acknowledgement Statement in place by mid-summer 2020.

  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 opportunities for shared service agreements. 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.

Please Note: As many of the conversations that take place at the Muskoka Area Indigenous Leadership Table (MAILT) are foundational, both FULL and SUMMARY minutes are posted. MAILT meeting participants are listed on the full versions only.