Pioneer Park Association (PPA) property is part of the lands surrendered through the Huron Tract Treaty (#29) of 1827, where Anishinabek people still remain and govern themselves on their reserved and unceded lands at Kettle and Stony Point (Wiiwkwedong: Kikonong & Aazhoodenaang), Sarnia (Aamjiwnaang) First Nation, and Walpole Island (Bkejwanong). In addition to these Huron Tract Treaty signatories, PPA is located near the self-governing Chippewas of Saugeen Ojibway First Nation at Saugeen and Nawash, and the Chippewa-Munsee-Oneida First Nations located on and near the Thames River (Deshkan Ziibing).
All of these First Nations have an unbroken historical and legal right to govern themselves on their own lands and on the waters, and to be Canadian citizens.
We are grateful to live and work here with the First Nations, and with all Indigenous People who reside on this Sacred Land (Gtchitwaa kiing).
This statement has been written in collaboration with a member of the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and approved by the Bayfield Historical Society Board of Directors.