Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the City of Pickering resides on land within the Treaty and traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and Williams Treaties signatories of the Mississauga and Chippewa Nations. Pickering is also home to many Indigenous persons and communities who represent other diverse, distinct, and autonomous Indigenous nations. This acknowledgement reminds us of our responsibilities to our relationships with the First Peoples of Canada, and to the ancestral lands on which we learn, share, work, and live.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

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The City of Pickering is committed to embedding equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) into the fabric of its organization and community to foster a sense of belonging, empowerment and respect for all. We strive to develop policies, practices and programs that advance EDI as a standard of public service by engaging diverse perspectives and experiences, eliminating systemic barriers, and promoting community cohesion.

The City approved its first EDI Strategy in May 2024. This foundational document is essential to ensuring that our organization prioritizes equity, diversity and inclusion at every level of decision making and operations so that our policies, programs, services and facilities reflect and serve the diverse needs of the community.

The Strategy identifies five priority areas of focus and recommendations for action related to:

  1. Education and Awareness
  2. Structure and Resources
  3. Community Consultation and Engagement
  4. Policies, Practices and Programs
  5. Measurement and Accountability

Areas of Focus

By implementing an EDI Strategy, the City will have the framework to enhance existing government policies and practices for staff, residents, and the broader community.

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Upcoming Events



May 30, 2024

Flag Raising of Pride Progress Flag, Pickering City Hall

June 2, 2024

Pride Parade, Ajax

June 8, 2024

Drag Queen Story Time, Pickering Public Library

June 21, 2024

Big Drum Social – National Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration, Esplanade Park

June 22, 2024

Youth Pride, Whitby

August 1, 2024

Emancipation Day, Esplanade Park

August 31, 2024

PABRT Community BBQ, Esplanade Park