FUTURE: Sault Ste. Marie

Bawaating Advisory Circle

FutureSSM recognizes that reconciliation and inclusion are part of creating prosperity for all. 

For centuries, the area that is now Sault Ste. Marie was a traditional gathering place for Indigenous peoples living in what are now Canada and the United States. That tradition continued after European contact, as traders and voyageurs met with and exchanged goods with Anishinaabe inhabitants. Capturing the spirit of being a “gathering place” is essential to Sault Ste. Marie’s future. 

An overarching goal of FutureSSM is to strengthen the relationship with Indigenous peoples and communities. Sault Ste. Marie has an opportunity to be a national leader in reconciliation, but it will require commitment, continuous trust building and meaningful action.

The Bawaating Advisory Circle was established as a way for engagement and dialogue to take place between Sault Ste. Marie leadership and our Indigenous communities. Those communities include our neighbouring First Nations, Garden River and Batchewana, as well as our urban Indigenous Community and our local Métis Community. The advisory circle is another positive step forward on the path to local reconciliation.

To read the Community Adjustment Committee's Report Summary in Ojibway, click here.