Indigenous Landmarks & Monuments Review
In June 2019, Hamilton City Council endorsed the City of Hamilton’s Urban Indigenous Strategy (UIS). The UIS identifies specific actions that the City needs to take to ensure Indigenous contributions and experiences are honoured and commemorated.
As part of the UIS implementation, a staff team called the Indigenous Landmarks and Monuments Working Group was developed in 2020 to provide information and review existing and new landmarks, spaces and markers that reflect the true history and disposition of the Indigenous community in Hamilton.
In July 2021, Hamilton City Council directed staff to undertake a Review that will identify short and long-term opportunities to address Indigenous and historical landmarks, spaces and markers across the city.
The outcome from the Review will help determine opportunities to honour the Indigenous community and to contribute towards the City’s journey towards meaningful reconciliation. The work involves:
- Developing a framework on the historical and commemoration of landmarks through a phased in approach with more detailed timelines.
- Identifying geographical areas that are of historical and cultural significance to the Indigenous community.
- Conducting a review based on the identified geographic areas which:
- Identifies opportunities to better represent Indigenous contributions and history in City owned landmarks, parks, street names, trails/open spaces and facilities.
- Identifies specific landmarks that are triggering in nature towards Indigenous people.
- Develops recommendations on how to bring forward Hamilton’s true history through an Indigenous lens.