Traditional Territories are lands that have been inhabited or used by Indigenous communities since time immemorial. By acknowledging traditional territories, we recognize that these destinations are on the land of a Nation, or Nations, and acknowledge the Indigenous presence and land-rights that exist there.
Treaties are settlement agreements between Indigenous peoples and the Government of Canada (or the Crown). Treaty territories are lands that have been defined by treaty negotiations, either modern (1975 onward) or historic (between 1701 and 1923). By acknowledging treaty territories, we recognize that everyone who lives near or visits these destinations is on land governed by a treaty. We are all treaty people.
These are the traditional indigenous languages spoken in this region. Traditional languages are those that have been spoken by distinct Indigenous communities for time immemorial. The Great Lakes region is linguistically complex and there are many languages spoken throughout the area.
A Blue Flag beach is one that meets strict water quality and safety criteria. These beaches have been certified as being clean, accessible, eco-friendly, and having great water quality! There are 27 Blue Flag beaches in Canada.