We would like to honour the land that we are on, which has been the site of human activity since time immemorial. It is the traditional territories of the Huron-Wendat, Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and most recently, The Mississaugas of the Credit River First Nations.
Ontario is covered by 46 treaties and other agreements and is home to many Indigenous Nations from across Turtle Island, including the Inuit and the Métis peoples. These treaties and other agreements, including the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant are agreements to peaceably share and care for the land and its resources.
Other Indigenous Nations, Europeans, and newcomers were invited into this covenant in the spirit of respect, peace, and friendship. We are mindful of broken covenants and we strive to make this right, with the land and with each other. We are all Treaty people. Many of us have come here as settlers, immigrants, newcomers in this generation or generations past.
We recognize the many Nations of Indigenous People, who presently live on this land, those who have spent time here, and the ancestors on this land known as Turtle Island. We recognize and support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action.