There is a word in the Indian language “Missisakis” meaning ”many river mouths”. By the mid nineteenth century, the Mississaugas believed they had obtained their name from the mouths of Trent, Moira, Shannon, Napanee, Kingston, and Gananoque rivers.
The term New Credit is in recognition of the fact that the Mississaugas traded goods along the shore of the Credit River prior to the move to their new location in 1847.
The term First Nation is derived from the fact that the Mississaugas are indigenous (First) people of this continent and are a separate nation which should be dealt with on a government to government basis.
The new logo was accepted as the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation official logo in 1993 after several years consultation with our community members. The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations are a group of Ojibway (Anishinabe) belonging to the Algonquian linguistic group. The symbols on the logo are representative of five important aspects of our nation’s history.
The eagle is used because it is a predominant totem of Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. The eagle is viewed as the messenger - the Mississaugas people were once considered to be great messengers, some days the Mississaugas would travel 80 miles on foot.
The three fires symbolic of the Mississaugas traditional and political alliance with the Ojibway, Odawa, and Potowatomi Nations. The Three Fires Council still exists and still holds gatherings.
The Circle of Life
The blue writing symbolizes our connection to the water. The circle created by the writing symbolizes the circle of life. First Nations teach that every living thing is related and interconnected - we are all a part of the circle of life.
The Peace Pipe
The peace pipe is the New Credit people’s equivalent of a parliamentary mace. The pipe, given to the Mississaugas by Queen Victoria’s cousin Augustus d’Este, is used in special opening ceremonies to thank the Great Spirit, mother earth, and the sun.