We will begin our meeting by acknowledging that we are meeting on the traditional territory of the Anishinabek, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), Ojibway/Chippewa peoples and home to the Métis. The Upper Canada Treaties cover this territory, which grants Canada cohabitation rights on these Nations Territories. Indigenous peoples from the beginning have inhabited Turtle Island.
As we gather here, we recognize the Indigenous peoples who are the stewards of this place since time immemorial. We thank all generations of people who take care of this land from all Nations. We recognize and sincerely appreciate the historical connection to this place. We also acknowledge the contributions Metis, Inuit, and other Indigenous peoples make in shaping and strengthening our Community, Province, and Country.
As Canadians, we must be personally connected to our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation. We must recognize the importance of Indigenous peoples’ contributions to the existence of Canada, openness to sharing, and continued struggle in the face of legal and systemic racism. We must bring justice to murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls and their families across Turtle Island.