We acknowledge that we are on land that has been inhabited by Indigenous peoples from the beginning. As settlers, we’re grateful for the opportunity to be here and we thank all the generations of Indigenous peoples who have taken care of this land for thousands of years.
We acknowledge the Ancestral Traditional Territories of the Ojibway, the Anishnabeg, the Mississauga’s of the New Credit, the Traditional Territory of the Anishinabek, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), Chippewa peoples, and home to the Métis whose territory we are on today.
This territory is part of the Dish with One Spoon Treaty Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas, Haudenosaunee, and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. This territory is also covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.
We recognize and deeply appreciate their historic connection to this place. We wish to express gratitude to Mother Earth and for the resources we are using, and honour all the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people on Turtle Island.
As settlers, this recognition of the contributions and historic importance of Indigenous peoples must also be clearly and overtly connected to our collective commitment to make the promise and the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation real in our communities, and to bring awareness for murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls across our country.
About this Land Acknowledgement
We are aware that our settler acknowledgment uses language which may differ from language used by First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. We understand that language is fluid and living, and we respect this diversity.
We are also aware that not all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples refer to themselves in the same way. Some may refer to themselves in spiritual or religious contexts, while some use regional names.
In recognition of this, we are committed to building relationships with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in order to enhance our knowledge of the many languages and histories within Ontario and Canada.