We acknowledge the traditional territories upon which we gather.
Our offices and the areas in which our staff serve are located on the traditional territories of the Mississauga and the Haudenosaunee nations, within these lands they are protected by the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement.
For many thousands of years, the first people sought to walk gently on this land, offering their assistance to the first European travelers and sharing their knowledge for survival in what was at times a harsh climate.
May we seek a new relationship with the original peoples of this land, seek relationships with the winds, waters, grounds, and sky, respecting all inhabitants and admiring what the original peoples of the land are protecting.
May we create relationships based on honour and deep respect.
May we be guided by love, a good mind and produce actions with good intention as we transform our personal and professional relationships with our indigenous friends and neighbors.
(Written and shared by Melissa Sockanowich (Behavioural Support Outreach), RPN – Chippewas of Rama First Nation)