Draft Policy for Use of Indigenous Images/Themes in City Sports Facilities

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Consultation has concluded

At its meeting Monday, June 17, 2019, Sarnia City Council directed staff to work in collaboration with indigenous communities and user groups to develop a policy related to the use of indigenous images and themes at the City of Sarnia’s facilities and/or sport fields; and to include the Mayor of Point Edward and the UNDRIP Committee in the discussion. At the Sarnia City Council meeting on May 3, 2021, an information update was provided indicating staff were moving forward with a draft policy in consultation with the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) Committee to review. Following this, the policy would be shared for input with the Mayor of Point Edward and then be brought forward to Council for community review and feedback.

The draft policy for community input, Attachment 1, has been endorsed by the UNDRIP Committee and reviewed by the Mayor of Point Edward, as directed in June 2019. The policy is based on existing policies from Mississauga, Point Edward, Clearview Township and evolved based on feedback and learnings.

The draft policy proposes to;

  • Endorse the current and future displays featuring local indigenous athletes and their accomplishments exhibited in the Sarnia Sports Hall of Fame to promote equality and inclusion.
  • The policy will have no impact on play for facility users and will continue to promote a positive and inclusive experience.
  • The policy will educate and provide consistent messaging to increase awareness to local and visiting sports teams.
  • The policy will be clearly stated in the facility permits for facility users and tournament organizers to increase awareness.

Deadline for feedback on this project is now closed, and under review by staff.

Questions and comments regarding this plan can be directed to the Office of Parks and Recreation, at 519-332-0330, ext. 3201 or by e-mail to parksandrecreation@sarnia.ca.

*Personal Information Collection Notice - The City of Sarnia collects personal information from the public feedback made to the City of Sarnia and/or its Committees under the legal authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Public feedback to proposals is considered to be public record pursuant to the Act. Please be aware that if you are submitting correspondence to the City of Sarnia relating to a proposal, your name, contact information and communications will become part of the public record that will be available to the general public. Questions about this collection should be addressed to the City Clerk, 2nd floor, City Hall, 255 Christina Street North, Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2. Tel. 519-519-0330. Email: clerks @sarnia.ca

At its meeting Monday, June 17, 2019, Sarnia City Council directed staff to work in collaboration with indigenous communities and user groups to develop a policy related to the use of indigenous images and themes at the City of Sarnia’s facilities and/or sport fields; and to include the Mayor of Point Edward and the UNDRIP Committee in the discussion. At the Sarnia City Council meeting on May 3, 2021, an information update was provided indicating staff were moving forward with a draft policy in consultation with the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) Committee to review. Following this, the policy would be shared for input with the Mayor of Point Edward and then be brought forward to Council for community review and feedback.

The draft policy for community input, Attachment 1, has been endorsed by the UNDRIP Committee and reviewed by the Mayor of Point Edward, as directed in June 2019. The policy is based on existing policies from Mississauga, Point Edward, Clearview Township and evolved based on feedback and learnings.

The draft policy proposes to;

  • Endorse the current and future displays featuring local indigenous athletes and their accomplishments exhibited in the Sarnia Sports Hall of Fame to promote equality and inclusion.
  • The policy will have no impact on play for facility users and will continue to promote a positive and inclusive experience.
  • The policy will educate and provide consistent messaging to increase awareness to local and visiting sports teams.
  • The policy will be clearly stated in the facility permits for facility users and tournament organizers to increase awareness.

Deadline for feedback on this project is now closed, and under review by staff.

Questions and comments regarding this plan can be directed to the Office of Parks and Recreation, at 519-332-0330, ext. 3201 or by e-mail to parksandrecreation@sarnia.ca.

*Personal Information Collection Notice - The City of Sarnia collects personal information from the public feedback made to the City of Sarnia and/or its Committees under the legal authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Public feedback to proposals is considered to be public record pursuant to the Act. Please be aware that if you are submitting correspondence to the City of Sarnia relating to a proposal, your name, contact information and communications will become part of the public record that will be available to the general public. Questions about this collection should be addressed to the City Clerk, 2nd floor, City Hall, 255 Christina Street North, Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2. Tel. 519-519-0330. Email: clerks @sarnia.ca