RECONOCIENDO LA TIERRA QUE HABITAMOS
Toronto is home to a large Indigenous population including residential school survivors and intergenerational family members who have been impacted by the history and legacy of the residential school system.
The sacred land on which we stand has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years. This land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
Today, the meeting place of Toronto 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.
"The land was stolen from Indigenous peoples and enslaved Africans were brought en masse to build these cities. This is occupied Indigenous territories of many nations and these cities are built with stolen African labour and resources. One cannot be remembered without the other. We invite you into a tradition with us of acknowledging and remembering whose territory you are on wherever you are in the Americas (from the North to the Caribbean and to the South) and also remembering and acknowledging that it was built with stolen African & Black labour and resources as well."
Blackness Between Us Collective – Bishara & Ashai