Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant, an ardent Loyalist, led Six Nations warriors into battle on the side of the British during the American Revolutionary War. Recognizing the great service Brant had rendered unto the Crown during the conflict, the British allowed him a choice of land for his own use. Brant chose a tract of land containing 3450 acres on which the present day city of Burlington, Ontario is located.

Governor Simcoe of Upper Canada gave instructions that the land chosen by Brant was to be purchased from the Mississaugas of the Credit by the Crown and then granted to Joseph Brant. In October 1795, a provisional agreement was reached wherein the Mississaugas sold the land for £100. The purchase agreement was confirmed in 1797.

In 1988, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation initiated a claim against the Government of Canada alleging that the Crown had paid less than originally promised when purchasing the Brant Tract. The claim was settled in conjunction with the Toronto Purchase Claim, in 2010, for a sum of $145 million.

Orange Shirt Day Contest!

September 30th, 2019|0 Comments

The Orange Shirt Society and Medicine Wheel Education are working together to create The Official Orange Shirt Day Text Book along with Phyllis Webstad, who’s personal story inspired the movement. A portion of the proceeds [...]

Origin of Orange Shirt Day

September 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Monday, September 30, 2019 is Orange Shirt Day. This is the story of Phyllis Webstad.   "I went to the Mission for one school year in 1973/1974. I had just turned 6 years old. I [...]