Members of the Awakening Project reside and contribute to this interfaith initiative from many locations throughout the province of Ontario. No matter where we are working from, we are mindful of the land on which we reside. We respectfully acknowledge and humbly recognize that we are living and working on Turtle Island in T’karonto, the traditional, current, unceded Anishinaabeg territories of the Haudenosaunee, Wendat, Seneca, and Ojibwe. We acknowledge this as Treaty 13 territories in the care of the Mississaugas of the Credit River First Nations among many other Indigenous peoples who live here. As members of the Awakening Project and settlers on this land, we are committed to learning about the historic and current relation relations with Indigenous peoples. We are committed to making ourselves aware of the harms done to Indigenous people and promise to go forward to walk with our Indigenous brothers and sisters in a spirit of Truth and Reconciliation. Through the work of the Awakening Project, we hope to restore harmony, peace and justice for present and future generations of young people.
Why is Indigenous Land Acknowledgement Important?
“It is important to understand the longstanding history that has brought you to reside on the land, and to seek to understand your place within that history. Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation.” – Northwestern University
“When we talk about land, the land is part of who we are. It’s a mixture of our blood, our past, our current, and our future. We carry our ancestors in us, and they’re around us. As you all do.” – Mary Lyons (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe)
Land Acknowledgement Resources
To discover on which Indigenous lands you reside on, visit: native-land.ca. To broaden your understanding about Indigenous rights and culture, visit: theindigenousfoundation.org/resources. To learn more about the history of Indigenous Peoples of Canada, the harms done to the Indigenous, as well as the ongoing process of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, visit the University of Manitoba’s National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Reports: nctr.ca/records/reports.
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