Who Are We?
We are all treaty people.
Eddie Benai, Seven Fires Prophecy in the Mishomis Book: The Voice of the Ojibway
Mississippi Mills All My Relations (MMAMR) is a group of community members who recognize that we all have a responsibility to help restore what was once a relationship of trust and friendship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous People in our country. We have a core planning council of about ten members as well as a number of other volunteers who work together to provide Indigenous led educational events, offer opportunities for reflection and growth and raise funds for Indigenous organizations working towards our shared goal.
MMAMR is not separately incorporated nor does it have charitable status. St. Paul’s Anglican Church initiated our group and provided a start up fund to create this website and to hold our first events. It continues to provide space for us to meet, support us financially, hold our funds in trust and include us under their insurance policy. When you donate funds to MMAMR, St. Paul’s issues income tax receipts for your donations on our behalf. Further, Almonte United Church provides space free of charge for our larger events. The Municipality of Mississippi Mills has worked in partnership with us to develop their land acknowledgement the and to provide a vigil on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Today our group includes concerned people from the whole community.
Photo © Romola Thumbadoo
Elder William Commanda, up until his death, was the keeper of the three figure welcoming wampum belt from the 16th century. This belt inscribes the understanding of Indigenous Peoples about the sharing of their native land and their values with the newcomers: the English and the French.