By Joel Wittnebel / The Oshawa Express
Members of the city council and the Oshawa Heritage Committee were in attendance to unveil a plaque on the Waterfront Trail to recognize the importance of First Nations heritage in the area.
The plaque at the entrance to the Waterfront Trail on Colonel Sam Drive honors Scugog Carrying Place.
The trail was previously one of four main routes connecting the interior of the province with Lake Ontario.
The Scugog Carrying Place largely followed what is now Simcoe Street North and was the link between the valley of the Trent Waterway, which includes Lakes Scugog and Simcoe, with the Kawartha Lakes and Lake Ontario.
Dave Mowat, a councilor for the Vaudeville First Nation, attended the unveiling of the plaque, highlighting the importance of recognizing the area’s indigenous heritage.
“Those old streets, highways, and back roads will eventually become our modern streets, highways, and back roads,” Mowat said.
The Scugog Carrying Place was also used by early European settlers who used the route to move from inland to cities and industrial centers and to lay the foundations of the Durham region.
“The Scugog Carrying Place is a very important historical record in Oshawa, Durham region and province,” Mayor John Henry said in a press release. “The First Nations Route was chosen as a settlement because of the rich resources provided by its proximity to water and land. Just like our ancestors before us, we continue to improve our lives by using the resources available to us with careful, planned development and respect for the environment and our future generations. “