We acknowledge that the land on which we live, work and gather, throughout history, has been home to the Haudenosaunee Longhouse Peoples for over
13, 000 years and, more recently, the Anishinaabe.
This territory is part of the Dish with One Spoon Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Anishnaabe Peoples to peaceably share resources and welcome in newcomers as they entered Turtle Island. The bowl or dish represents what is now Southern Ontario. Those who share this territory eat out of the dish with only one spoon. We all share the responsibility of ensuring the dish is never empty which includes taking care of the land and the creatures with whom we share it. It is significant that there are no knives at the table as we share the responsibility of keeping the peace and living in friendship.
We recognize that land acknowledgements like this one do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is an ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our participation and actively work to dismantle systems that perpetuate the injustices of colonialism and white supremacy in ourselves, our organization, and in our community. In efforts to decolonize our work, we will continue to learn from and support Indigenous communities as they strengthen health, culture and sovereignty.
It is our hope that The Local help guide our community toward greater harmony with the spirit of The Dish with One Spoon Wampum and move forward, together with the original stewards of this land, in the search for collective truth and healing.