TCC acknowledges that the land the TCC will be constructed on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. TCC also acknowledges that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.
TCC is committed to working collaboratively with Indigenous communities to make this project a success. We are in regular communication with representatives from the Huron-Wendat and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation to continue building relationships and provide updates on the project.
The City of Toronto conducted an archeological assessment of 311 Staines Road, with the support from the Indigenous communities in the field work, to help us understand more about the land. Despite careful scrutiny, no archeological material or deposits were found during the assessment. The City confirmed this in the form of a letter. We support further assessment along the most eastern limits of the property. The City has already approved this and will be going ahead with the additional assessment.
Lands close to water, like 311 Staines Road, are often subject to archaeological assessments because water is a necessary resource and therefore a reliable indication of human settlement.
We look forward to participating in further formal public consultations with the Indigenous communities hosted by the City of Toronto and the Indigenous Affairs Office. We will continue to work with Indigenous communities and the City of Toronto on a collaborative path forward that respects Indigenous heritage and the history of the land.