We would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Anishinabek, specifically the Mississauga, Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee people. The territory was the subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the 7 Nations of the Anishinabek to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. This territory is also covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.
Today, the meeting place of Toronto (from the Haudenosaunee word Tkaronto) is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory. Those of us who are settlers and visitors on this land we must work with the original owners of this land to dismantle the binds of colonization and actively work to reconcile our minds, thoughts and actions.