We believe, support and agree with the facts as presented by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
We acknowledge that Indigenous peoples have suffered great losses to their cultures, languages, lands and populations as a result of government policies.
We commit to developing and maintaining spaces that are safe and equitable for our partners and community members, especially our Indigenous members.
We commit to condemning systemic inequalities faced by Indigenous communities.
We aspire to expanding education opportunities with the objectives of revealing truths and ending Indigenous inequities.
We stand for Truth and Reconciliation.
We recognize the following three conditions for reconciliation:
As a group and as an organization with true intentions, we understand that acknowledgements and statements are only the beginning stages of true reconciliation. We must commit to action for truth and equality. We aspire to a belief that Canadian and Indigenous cultures can coexist respectfully in peace and harmony. We recognize and acknowledge that this is a course of action that requires humility, bravery and truth.
The practice of doing land acknowledgement comes from a recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation report.
We acknowledge the truth that we are all on land that is, and has always been home to many diverse Indigenous Peoples. We recognize and acknowledge that this diversity includes the unique histories and cultures of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people.
We humbly acknowledge the First Nation ancestors who developed a meaningful relationship with the land for centuries prior to first contact.
We recognize that the land we are on has afforded Canada and Canadians sustainable lifestyles that are indeed foreign to Indigenous North America.
We would like to acknowledge these difficult truths, but also to hone in on the ways in which we can take action to effect reconciliation - because the TRC was, and remains, a call to action.
We ask you to consider, every day, what we, ourselves, are doing to respect the land and water that continues to be so devestated by the impact of our contemporary lifestyles and patterns of consumption. Regardless of our backgrounds, we must consider the impact that our current use of lands and waters has on Indigenous people and on their connection with the lands and waters. It is this connection that helps protect our environment for all future generations for all people.