I want to acknowledge that I live and work on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples.
I honour and respect them as the original caretakers of the land and water, the plants and animals.
The Haldimand Tract was promised to the Six Nations in the treaty of 1794, and includes 6 miles on either side of the Grand River from its source to Lake Erie, including my home of Waterloo. The Six Nations lost their land through manipulation, dishonesty, and outright theft by colonizers. (To learn more about the Haldimand Treaty, read my blog post here and see the references at the bottom.)
I commit to being a positive influence on reconciliation. I will do the hard work required to confront my contribution to Indigenous oppression. I will use my privilege to amplify Indigenous voices, and I will support Indigenous rights and empowerment.
For KW locals looking to do the same, I highly recommend that you check out:
O:se Kenhionhata:tie (Land Back Camp KW)
Wisahkotewinowak Gardens (KW & Guelph)