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Trailhead Indigenous - A day of discovery, trails development and partnership development.

Port Credit Memorial Arena

40 Stavebank Rd, Mississauga, ON L5G 2T8

Trailhead Indigenous, in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation, is a day of celebration and connectivity between nations, and between peoples, the land and the water. A key focus will be the Credit Valley Trail, a project that symbolizes an opportunity that exists in Ontario and beyond to create better communities and trails through Indigenous leadership and partnership.

Background:

For the benefit of present and future generations, Credit Valley Conservation, working with municipal, Indigenous and community partners, is creating a 100-kilometre continuous, connected river valley trail from the headwaters in Orangeville through Caledon, Halton Hills, Brampton to the shore of Lake Ontario in Mississauga.

The Credit Valley Trail will have long-lasting impacts for generations to come, providing an opportunity for people to see and experience the Credit River from vantage points previously reserved for those who dared to venture into the wilds of the valley. Immersed in this new experience, people will be inspired by natural wonders, feel connected to our shared history and will grow more aware of the life sustaining Credit River Watershed

The Credit Valley Trail Indigenous Roundtable (CVTIRT) formed in the early phases of the project, rightfully involving Indigenous communities (Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Six Nations of the Grand River, the Huron-Wendat First Nation, the Credit River Métis Council and the Sacred Water Circle in Peterborough) with work connected to their ancesteral past. The CVTIRT has developed an Indigenous Experience Plan (IEP) to help guide the Indigenous elements of the trail, ensuring that all planning is done in a way that values and honors the sacred, sustaining waters of the Credit River. Some of the key activities that have emerged from the IEP create a path towards reconciliation with Indigenous communities.

Important Topics

Discover best practices, innovations and ideas from across the country.

Inspiring Speakers

Gain insights from a range of influential leaders and experts.

Networking & More

Exchange ideas with fellow attendees and those shaping the future of trails in Ontario.

Conference Agenda

A glimpse of what’s in store for the Trailhead Indigenous Event.

8:30 am: Registration; Ontario Trails Council

9:00 am: Land Acknowledgement and Opening Remarks from Hosts & Partners.

With Carolyn King, Former Chief, Mississauga of the Credit First Nation; Patrick Connor, CEO, Ontario Trails & President, Canadian Trails Federation; and Terri LeRoux, Executive Director, Credit Valley Conservation Foundation, President, Hike Ontario & Vice President, Ontario Trails Council

9:15 am: Keynote; Kim Wheatley, Anishinaabe Cultural Consultant: Great Lakes Water Walk

9:45 am: The Credit Valley Trail Story; Carolyn King, Former Chief, Mississauga of the Credit First Nation and Terri LeRoux, Executive Director, Credit Valley Conservation Foundation, President, Hike Ontario & Vice President, Ontario Trails Council

10:30 am: Break and Refreshments

10:45 am: Opening Panel: Indigenous Trail Projects: Moderator: Brad Fauteux, Consultant,  Director, Ontario Trails &  Former Director, Ontario Parks

Leading Questions: What role can/do interpretive trail projects play in advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples?

What have we learned so far about collaboration, community engagement and Indigenous leadership in trail projects?

Panelists:

  • Dora Yateman, Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin Nation: Bancroft Eagles Nest Project – An Algonquin Story
  • Larry Frost, Executive Director, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto: Trans Canada Trail Interpretive Signage Project*
  • Carolyn King, Former Chief, Mississauga of the Credit First Nation
  • Barb McKean, Head of Education, Royal Botanical Garden: Indigenous Trail, The Journey to Anishinaabe Knowledge

12:00 pm: Group Discussion: Questions, comments and key insights on Opening Panel; Moderator: Andrew Kett, Credit Valley Conservation & Chair, Sustainability Network

12:30 pm: Lunch – A Taste of First Nations Cuisine

1:30 pm: Second Panel: Indigenous Trail Programs and Experiences. Moderator: Andrew Kett, Credit Valley Conservation & Chair, Sustainability Network.

Leading Questions: What impact do/can Indigenous trail programs have on advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples?

What have we learned so far about collaboration, community engagement and Indigenous leadership in trail projects?

Panelists:

  • Luke Wassegijig, Tourism Manager, The Wikwemikong Development Commission
  • Kim Wheatley, Anishinaabe Cultural Consultant: Great Lakes Water Walk
  • Melissa Pomeroy, Program Advisor, Impact and Investment, Ontario Trillium Foundation*

2:45 pm: Break and Refreshments

3:00 pm: Small Working Groups: Where do we go from here?

An opportunity for reflection and to provide guidance on ho the Ontario Trails Council can best support and promote Indigenous-led trail projects across the province.

All Participants

Small Groups Scribes:

  • Terri LeRoux, Executive Director, Credit Valley Conservation Foundation, President, Hike Ontario & Vice President, Ontario Trails Council
  • Natalie Faught, Senior Coordinator, Credit Valley Trail, Credit Valley Conservation
  • Alex (Brodka) Edwards, Ontario Trails & Past CAO Hamilton Burlington Trails Committee
  • Patrick Connor, CEO, Ontario Trails & President, Canadian Trails Federation

4:00 pm: Small Group Report Back

4:25 pm: Closing Remarks – Hosts and Partners

4:30 pm: Safe Journey Home

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Sponsors & Partners

A big thank you to our 2018 sponsors!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Trailhead Ontario has great sponsorship opportunities available for companies looking to extend their brand within and beyond the trails community.

Your tax-deductible conference sponsorship is a great way to reach trail directors and decision-makers, showcase your organization, and support healthy communities.

Opportunities for sponsors include:

Conference Program

Food/beverage

Welcome bag

Contact us for more!

Pay by cheque to Ontario Trails Council – contact trailhead@ontariotrails.ca

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