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Reverend Peter Jones (1802-1856)

Reverend Peter Jones

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted April, 2010

Reverend Peter Jones

 

Reverend Peter Jones

 

Reverend Peter Jones

Photo Source - Toronto Public Library Special Collections

Plaque Location

The County of Brant
In front of the New Credit Council House
at the end of Core Area Way
which runs north from Mississauga Road
just east of New Credit Road


Coordinates: N 42 59.991 W 80 05.672

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Plaque Text

A Mississauga Chief and Methodist minister, the Reverend Peter Jones helped his people survive the impact of European settlement which had brought them close to extinction. As his Band's fishing and hunting territories disappeared, he converted his people to Christianity and induced them to adapt to European ways. A strong advocate of education, Jones was the first to make Ojibwa a written language. In 1826 he encouraged his Band to settle at the Credit River and take up farming. When settler encroachment forced the Band to leave the thriving village it had built, it moved here in 1847.


Another plaque at this location
New Credit Indian Reserve and Mission

Related Ontario plaque
Reverend Peter Jones 1802-1856

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> Posted April 1, 2019
Peter Jones was a major figure in Canadian history and his legacy should be more celebrated. He was Canada's pioneer in forest conservation and as such was our country's first environmental activist. At the time he was the only person to listen and record the laments of traditional Ojibway elders that they could hear the cries of assault of the forest on those who were burning it down. Jones built a saw mill so the New Credit community could sustainably benefit from their forests and resist temptations to allow it to be clear cut for often fatal whiskey deals.
John Bacher pals@becon.org




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