“What better place to begin to seek the Truth than your own local community”.

Elder Peter Schuler, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation

Oakville Treaties Map

We are all Treaty people

The Debwewin Project

‘Debwewin’ refers to one of the Anishinabek seven grandfathers teaching for “truth.” This project will raise questions about Oakville’s Truth, using many methods to educate through videos, cultural mapping, art, story-telling, place-making amongst others. (Note: Place-making is an approach that asks people to collectively reimagine and reshape public space to maximize its shared value.) Learn more about the project and our next steps.

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Oakville’s First Peoples

Mississaugas of the Credit
First Nation

The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) is part of the Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) Nation, one of the largest Aboriginal Nations in North America. The MCFN reserve near Hagersville, Ontario, is approximately 6,100 acres. This small land holding in Southwestern Ontario is all that remains of their once expansive property of 3.9 million acres. Learn More
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Following tradition

Grandfather Teachings

The Seven Sacred Teachings, also known as the Seven Grandfather Teachings, is a set of teachings on human conduct towards others.

The Debwewin Project will be guided by the Seven Grandfather Teachings that set out the following values and principles:

Wisdom
Wisdom Nibwaakaawin
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Bravery
Bravery Aakode’ewin
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Love
Love Zaagi’idiwin
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Truth
Truth Debwewin
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Respect
Respect Minaadendamowin
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Humility
Humility Dabaadendiziwin
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Honesty
Honesty Gwayakwaadiziwin
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While we make a commitment to the 7 grandfather teachings, the importance of Debwewin – Truth is why this project was started. This project will raise questions about Oakville’s truth such as: “What happened to the local Treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation?”

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