Southern Ontario Growth Conference

Southern Ontario Growth Conference
Feb 17-18

Your voice needs to be heard.

Many municipalities are trying to understand how to best integrate climate change into the development of their official plan. Growth and infrastructure have far-reaching impacts on climate change. Municipalities are seeking guidance to better understand how to integrate various, seemingly competing, priorities.

The goal of day 1 of the conference is to help community members and organizations better understand the importance of their municipal official plan and to connect them with organizations and resources that can help them become stronger advocates.

The goal of day 2 of this conference is to lift up the voices of experts, organizations, individuals, and community groups that may not readily have the ear of elected officials and municipal planners.

 An Official Plan sets out a community’s vision and goals for the future. 

It ensures that new development and growth considers a broad range of interests and perspectives and that land use planning decisions reflect local values. This includes where housing, industry, offices, and shops will be located, what services like roads, water mains, sewers, parks,

and schools will be needed, when, and in what order, parts of your community will grow and community improvement initiatives.

Part 2: Municipal Focus

Feb 18, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Municipalities learn how to best integrate Climate Change into their Official Plan, from the voices of experts, other municipalities, as well as your community.

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As a community, we have the responsibility to honour, care for and respect all the Creation gives to provide us with life. This includes the land, water, air, fire, animals, plants and our ancestors.

The Anishinabek Peoples have utilized this land for millennia and we would like to acknowledge their direct descendants, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, as the rightful caretakers and titleholders of this land upon which we live, work and conduct ourselves. We acknowledge our treaty relationship and responsibilities to both the land and these original peoples.

We also recognize that this land is rich in pre-contact history and customs, which includes the Anishinabek and Haudenosaunee and since European contact, has and continues to become home for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. And it is in the spirit and intent of the Dish With One Spoon, wampum agreement whereby we will collectively care for and respect the land, water, animals and each other in the interests of peace and friendship and for the benefit of not only ourselves but of our future descendants.  

The HEN Office resides on Treaty 22, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. For more information on Treaty 22 go to: http://mncfn.ca/treaty2223/


The Halton Environmental Network is a proud member of the Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable (HEDR) and has signed their Charter to foster an inclusive Halton community. For more information on HEDR and the Charter please use this link: bit.ly/HEDRCharter

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