A territorial acknowledgement is a way of recognizing the everlasting presence of colonialism in Canada and remembering that the land on which we operate was and continues to be Indigenous land. The CND OHT would like to recognize that we are on a journey to Reconciliation and are active learners as it relates to Indigenous territorial acknowledgments. We are welcoming of feedback from Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners on the CND OHT territorial acknowledgement.
Why the CND OHT Uses a Territorial Acknowledgement
- To demonstrate respect for Indigenous peoples and their land.
- To assert that we live and work on land that was taken against the treaty agreement.
- To remind us that the origin of the work that we do is part of the European colonial history in Canada.
How the CND OHT Meaningfully Engages with a Territorial Acknowledgement
- The CND OHT staff support team engaged with local Indigenous elders in the creation of the CND OHT territorial acknowledgement.
- The CND OHT staff support team commits to using the territorial acknowledgement for further conversation around Indigenous culture, spirituality, history and experience.
- Further education will be provided through the CND OHT to support the meaningful use of the territorial acknowledgement.
Wellbeing Waterloo Region maintains an up-to-date guide to educational web pages, reports and organizations with information on Indigenous issues, history, rights, reconciliation plans, and more at www.wellbeingwr.ca/indigenous-focus