A staff report was sent to City Council on Friday that lays out several initiatives for Guelph’s bicentennial celebration taking place when the city marks 200 years in 2027 since being founded.
It was a report initially requested by Council in 2017, according to Guelph Politico, and aims to prepare for the upcoming birthday with special events and community engagement.
Staff does not recommend any financial decisions be made during the next three years but that monetary commitments be made after the municipal election in 2022.
Initial suggestions in the report include special branding, performances at the Sleeman Centre, Museum exhibits, community partnerships, street banners showing the history of a location 200 years ago and more.
The timing will also match with Canada’s 160th birthday, the 30th anniversary of the River Run Centre and the 120th anniversary for Scouts Canada.
“It will be important to build on the current learnings of Guelph’s founding story with the Indigenous community,” staff write, adding that “current conversations are deconstructing colonization and expanding the founding story.”
Guelph was initially founded via colonization by John Galt and built on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas First Nation starting as a settlement in the 1820s.