Motion: Indigenous Land Acknowledgement at Council

City Council, Standing Committee and Commission

Motion

Council / Conseil

Report / Agenda: City Council

Agenda 45 Item / Article: 2018-2022

Mid-Term Governance Review

Re: Indigenous Land Acknowledgement at Council MeetingsM

oved by / Motion de: Councillor S. MenardS

econded by / Appuyée par: Councillor C. McKenney

WHEREAS In 2018, Ottawa City Council made a formal commitment to reconciliation and approved the City's first Reconciliation Action Plan; and

WHEREAS the 2018 Reconciliation Action Plan opens with a recognition of Algonquin Territory stating that:We recognize that Ottawa is located on unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation.We extend our respect to all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples for their valuable past and present contributions to this land. We also recognize and respect the cultural diversity that First Nations, Inuit and Métis people bring to the City of Ottawa; and

WHEREAS in accordance with Action #2 under “Education and Awareness Building” within the 2018 Reconciliation Action Plan Report, the City has incorporated acknowledgements of Algonquin Unceded Territory at the opening of City-organized events, but Council has not formally extended such acknowledgments to meetings of Council; and

WHEREAS this recognition should not only inform our Reconciliation Action Plan, but should inform all the work of Council, regardless of where or by what means Council is meeting; and WHEREAS this recognition should therefore not only be made in the context of a Reconciliation Action Plan, but should be made whenever Council is conducting business;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the following amendments be made to Document 7, Proposed amendments to the Procedure By-law 2019-8 Regular and Special

City Council meeting:29. AGENDA IN COUNCIL(1) The Clerk shall, under the direction of the Mayor, prepare for the use of the Members at the regular meetings of Council an agenda under the following headings:(a) Indigenous Land Acknowledgement changing the previous (a) to be (b) and so on.; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Office of the City Clerk work with the Gender and Race Equity, Inclusion, Indigenous Relations and Social Development Service to develop appropriate language to be used by the Mayor at each City Council meeting beginning the first meeting in 2021, and may be used by any Committee Chair where they deem appropriate.

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