In the spirit and intent of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations, we provide a land acknowledgment on our website and at the beginning of an event or meeting to give time for reflection and demonstrate recognition of Indigenous lands, treaties and peoples. Land acknowledgements mark a small and important step in the process of reconciliation and building a positive relationship with Indigenous peoples. By learning, understanding and acknowledging, we wish to pay respect to Turtle Island, Mother Earth and to the rich Indigenous history of Ontario. The following is Afro Social Centric's acknowledgment of the traditional Indigenous territories of the city we now call Toronto, where our head office is located.
Afro Social Centric recognizes that our work takes place on traditional Indigenous territories across Ontario. We also wish to acknowledge that our head office is located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Afro Social Centric also acknowledges that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.
Today, Toronto is still home to Indigenous people and we are grateful to have the opportunity to meet and work on this territory.
We wish to express gratitude to Mother Earth for the resources we are using and honour all the First Nation, Métis and Inuit people who have been living on the land since time immemorial.
ABOUT THIS ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
We are aware that our settler acknowledgment uses language which may differ from the language used by First Nation, Métis and Inuit people. We understand that language is fluid and living, and we respect this diversity. We are also aware that not all First Nation, Métis and Inuit people refer to themselves in the same way. Some may refer to themselves in spiritual or religious contexts, while some use regional names. In recognition of this, we are committed to building relationships with First Nation, Métis and Inuit people in order to enhance our knowledge of the many languages and histories within Ontario.