We acknowledge this sacred land on which we are on today. This land, in which we call, Mother Earth, our Earth Mother, is the territory of the Huron-Wendat First Nations, the Seneca, the Mississaugas of the Credit River, the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. The territory was the subject of the Dish with One Spoon wampum Belt covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
We recognize Indigenous land title as set out in the Royal Proclamation of 1763, which envisioned self-determination and self-government. The Truth and Reconciliation Report and Calls to Action recommend that all levels of government implement Indigenous rights in the original spirit of the treaties. Indigenous peoples and allies for reconciliation view the treaties as a sacred obligation that commits both parties to maintain respectful relationship; and share the lands and resources equitably.
Today, Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island. We are grateful, honoured, and humbled to have the opportunity to live and work in this city; on this territory we call Turtle Island. Chi Miigwetch – Ny a wha go ah – Merci – Thank you.
– This land acknowledgement was made by consultation from the Toronto East Health Network Indigenous Health Manager, Elder Little Brown Bear. You can learn more about Elder Little Brown Bear and the Aboriginal Healing Program here.