land acknowledgement

I am writing this from my home on the traditional Indigenous territory of Tkaronto  “the place in the water where the trees are standing.” (a translation from the Aniishnaabe activist and artist Susan Blight), in the east end of the city, nestled in between Taylor Massey Creek and lake Ontario. I am on the traditional territory of the Wendat, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe, the Mississaugas of the Credit, and many more nations, (acknowledged and unacknowledged, recorded and unrecorded) as the past, present and future caretakers of this land. Thank you to the elders, story-keepers, land and water defenders for continually telling the story of this land. I recognize my responsibility and ongoing role as a white settler to educate myself about the true history of this land we call Turtle Island, by getting involved, taking action, and donating. I am so grateful for the immense privilege of being a guest here and I am committed to challenging those in power, and I will continue to listen and show up.

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