The 100-kilometre Credit Valley Trail (CVT) will span the Credit River Watershed – from the hills of the headwaters in Orangeville to the mouth of the Credit River in Mississauga. The entire Credit River Watershed is situated on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) and the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee. As such, empowering Indigenous peoples is central to the CVT vision.
Accompanying the collective goal to connect the route, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and CVT partners are committed to developing dedicated space along the trail to recognize and honour Indigenous knowledge, history and present-day culture. The CVT Indigenous Roundtable (IRT), an Indigenous led committee made-up of community representation from the MCFN, Cree and Huron-Wendat First Nations, is guiding the planning process to achieve this goal.
In collaboration with CVC and CVT partners, the IRT finalized the Indigenous Experience Plan (IEP) in 2019, accelerating their vision to bring Indigenous culture and experiences to life along the trail. The plan provides a set of recommendations to showcase Indigenous culture through trail markers, public art installations and gathering spaces. You can learn more about the Indigenous Experience Plan.
Following the Indigenous Experience Plan, the IRT have identified seven key sites to be constructed along the CVT route. Each site will be represented by an Anishinaabe dodem (clan system) and incorporates an Indigenous experience narrative that includes storytelling, teachings, symbology and other cultural elements.
CVC and the IRT are currently developing Key site #1 and #2.
How You Can Support Indigenous Placemaking Along the CVT
- Make an online donation today.
- Make a donation via mail or phone. You can download our printable CVCF donation form and return with your cheque or money order, or call 905-670-1615 to make a donation by credit card.
- Get your business or community organization involved. You have the opportunity to have a direct and profound impact on our community. Whether it is through sponsorships, donations, services or volunteers there are countless ways we can work together. Please contact Sharlene Hardwar, Philanthropy Specialist, at 647-285-8738 or [email protected].
- Interested in getting involved with the Credit Valley Trail or support these transformative initiatives? Please contact Natalie Faught, Credit Valley Trail Coordinator at [email protected].