As you choose to visit Muskoka on this Canada Day, we ask that you take a break and learn more about our Indigenous communities and the First Nations people who live here. We share our knowledge with you today as we remember the souls of every child who lost their lives in the residential school system. Recent findings from the past touch the hearts of our Indigenous families and the survivors who live in Muskoka today.
Muskoka is the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg, which includes the Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi nations, collectively known as the Confederacy of the Three Fires. The Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee nations have also trod this territory over time. The southern parts of Muskoka were the traditional territory of the Wendat when they resided in Simcoe County between 1300 and 1650 A.D. Today, Muskoka is home to three sovereign nations: the Wahta Mohawks First Nation, the Moose Deer Point First Nation and the Métis of Moon River.
To find out more, we invite you to discover the museums of Muskoka through their Aboriginal exhibitions. While Covid-19 still has its doors closed for a few more weeks, you can find out about them and schedule a return visit later this summer when they reopen.
the Muskoka Steamers and Discovery Center offers many ways to learn more about Aboriginal culture and is home to “Water is Life,” an exhibit dedicated to the Aboriginal relationship with water. This exhibition highlights the important role of women as recognized “Guardians of Water” in the protection and maintenance of water.
In addition, you can consult their Love Muskoka Support Muskoka Online seminar
We honor all Indigenous peoples – First Nations, Métis and Inuit – for their cultures, languages, wise teachings and ways of being that have shaped this country since the beginning of time.
Be careful, be well and be kind however you observe Canada Day.