The land I am standing on today is 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. I also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaty signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.
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We do a land acknowledgement to honour the First People. By participating in one, you are acknowledging the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples in this area for time immemorial. It is a small but essential step towards Reconciliation and building a positive relationship with Indigenous peoples.
You can help by getting involved. Here is a list of ways to stand with Indigenous peoples in Toronto.
Here is a list of events held by Indigenous communities across Toronto that are open to the public:
Taibu CHC 1st Annual Honouring our Community Pow Wow
Lester B. Pearson C.I. 150 Tapscott Rd, Scarborough, ON M1B 2L2
Saturday, June 1, 2019, Noon to 5 p.m.
Ambe Maamowisdaa Employee Circle (City of Toronto Indigenous Employees)
Indigenous Celebration Month Event
Metro Hall Rotunda
Thursday, June 6, 2019, Noon start
“Birthing” of the Indigenous Space at City Hall
3 West and the Members Lounge
Thursday, June 13, 2019, Noon start
Annual Sunrise Ceremony and Celebration
Nathan Phillips Square
Friday, June 21, 2019, 5:30 a.m. start time, through the morning
Na-Me-Res (Native Men’s Residence) Annual Traditional Pow Wow
Saturday June 22, 2019. Grand Entry at Noon, Fort York
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto Annual Indigenous History Month Celebration
Yonge and Dundas Square
Wednesday, June 26, 2019, Noon to 8 p.m.
Toronto Council Fire – The Indian Residential School Survivor (IRSS) Legacy Project
Nathan Philips Square Events Week
Monday, July 29 and Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Toronto Council Fire 3rd Annual Youth Pow Wow
Regent Park North Outdoor Space
Saturday August 24, 2019
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto 22nd Annual Community Pow Wow: A Call to Reconcili-ACTION
Dufferin Grove Park
Saturday, September 28, 2019
For more information and resources, please look at the following documents: