By Nairah Ahmed Local Journalism Initiative Reporter CANADA’S NATIONAL OBSERVER As the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation approaches, children are painting moccasins all over the interior of the Halton Hills Public Library to promote public awareness of significant cultural historic sites and the ancestral presence of First Nations, Metis and Indigenous communities. The Moccasin Identifier Project aims “to cover Ontario in moccasins that reflect the traditional Indigenous Peoples who resided here and do currently reside here,” Dani Austin, child services librarian at Halton Hills Public Library, said. The project was created in 2011 by Carolyn King, former elected chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, but launched in 2019 in partnership with Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and the Ontario Greenbelt Foundation. Austin said
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