We acknowledge that our Habitat home in North Bay is situated on the traditional territory of the Anishinabek Peoples, in the Robinson Huron and Williams Treaties areas, used by members of Nipissing First Nation.
We acknowledge that our Building Futures Project and ReStore in Midland are located on land which is the traditional treaty territory of the Anishinabek People, now known as the Chippewa Tri-Council comprised of Beausoleil First Nation, Rama First Nation and the Georgina Island First Nation. We also recognize the fact that the build is located on the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and the historic homelands of the Métis.
We acknowledge that our Habitat homes and ReStore in Orillia sit on the traditional territory of the Anishinabek People, specifically the Chippewas of Rama First Nation. We also recognize that the Habitat homes are located on the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat who stewarded over the land since time immemorial.
We acknowledge that our Habitat homes in Parry Sound are located on the traditional territory of the Anishinabek (Ojibway, Pottowattami, and Odawa) Peoples, in the Williams Treaties area.
We acknowledge that our Habitat home in Pointe au Baril is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinabek (Ojibway, Pottowattami, and Odawa) Peoples, in the Williams Treaties area.
We acknowledge that our Habitat homes and ReStore in the Sudbury District sit on the Robinson-Huron Treaty territory and the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg.
We acknowledge that Timmins-Temiskaming is part of the the Robinson-Huron Treaty, and that these lands are traditional territory of Ojibwe/Chippewa, Mushkegowuk (Cree), Algonquin and Métis Peoples.
Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North recognizes that there have been Indigenous Peoples who have cared for and stewarded these lands for generations. We would further like to recognize the connection and contributions of all First Nations, Métis, Inuit, unceded First Nations, and Indigenous Peoples. We acknowledge that we are all treaty people. We accept our responsibility to honour all our relations as we strengthen ties with the communities we serve and work to build a future where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.
Territorial acknowledgments have existed for hundreds of years as part of many Indigenous cultures, however, land acknowledgments have taken their rightful place in non-Indigenous spaces since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on residential schools released its report, containing 94 calls to action, in 2015. The purpose of this land acknowledgment is to recognize that we, as newcomers and as people who are not part of the First Nations or Indigenous groups are here on the land of the First Peoples. This recognition is especially important to us at Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North (OGN), as we work alongside and build partnerships with Indigenous Peoples in our affiliate territory.
We will continue in our efforts to increase First Nations’ involvement in Habitat projects. We will highlight and celebrate our Indigenous partnerships. We will ensure that staff and volunteer training address our important relationships with First Peoples. We will begin all OGN-hosted community events and ceremonies with a territorial acknowledgment. We will include our territorial acknowledgment on our website and email signatures. Most importantly, we will be mindful that acknowledging territory is only the beginning, as we cultivate strong relationships with the First Peoples of Canada.