Land Acknowledgement


Today, we would like to acknowledge the long history of Turtle Island from coast to coast and the original people of this territory. We are grateful for the opportunity to work and live here and express gratitude to all the generations of people who have taken care of this land for thousands of years.

Since the beginning, there have been Indigenous people who have been stewards of this place, the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee Nations, Anishnaabe Nations, and Neutral People who have taken care of this land where today is the place of Huron and Perth Counties. This territory is covered by the Huron Tract registered as Treaty 29 in the Upper Canada Treaties of 1827 and by the Saugeen Tract registered as Treaty 45 ½ in 1836, signed regarding this land.

We also acknowledge the Indigenous people on these lands at the time of the Wampum treaties including the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Treaty, under which multiple nations agreed to care for the land and resources by the Great Lakes in peace.

We do recognize with humility the inequities connected to colonization and we raise awareness to ensure this history never repeats itself.

We show respect, recognition, and commitment to the ancestors of this land to move forward in the spirit of reconciliation, actions, and initiatives to aid the present and future generations of Indigenous People in an inclusive and vibrant community for all.

We invite you to reflect upon this statement, how it connects to your personal story, and what actions you can take in your daily life or from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Thank you to Deanna Jones-Keeshing for the knowledge and expertise as we continue to learn and unlearn.

 

Resources:

Truth and Reconciliation

From the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. One of the elements of the agreement was the establishment of the TRC of Canada to facilitate reconciliation among former students, their families, their communities and all Canadians.

TRC Mini Documentary – Senator Murray Sinclair on Reconciliation (https://youtu.be/wjx2zDvyzsU)

The United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People Act

Received as Royal Assent and came into force. This Act provides a roadmap for the Government of Canada and Indigenous People to work together to implement the Declaration based on lasting reconciliation, healing and cooperative relations.

Our Rights: Indigenous Youth on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (https://youtu.be/oKQFx5Im4BQ)

Aboriginal Peoples and Historic Trauma

The process of intergenerational transmission recognizes that Aboriginal peoples’ experiences are rooted in multigenerational, cumulative, and chronic trauma, injustices, and oppression. The effects of trauma can reverberate through individuals, families, communities and entire populations, resulting in a legacy of physical, psychological, and economic disparities that persist across generations.

Aboriginal Peoples and Historic Trauma: The process of intergenerational transmission https://www.nccih.ca/495/Aboriginal_Peoples_and_Historic_Trauma__The_process_of_intergenerational_transmission.nccih?id=142

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