In June 2015, the Ontario Trillium Foundation was one of the first organizations to sign The Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action. Signatories pledged to work towards reconciliation through this collective commitment, by ensuring that positive action will continue beyond the work of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
In the spirit and intent of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations, we acknowledge the traditional Indigenous territories on which we gather at the beginning of all OTF meetings. By learning, understanding and acknowledging, we wish to pay respect to Turtle Island, Mother Earth and to the rich Indigenous history of Ontario.
The following is OTF’s acknowledgment of the traditional Indigenous territories of the city we now call Toronto, where our head office is located.
Acknowledgment of Traditional Indigenous Territories
We recognize that our work, and the work of our grantees, takes place on traditional Indigenous territories across Ontario. We also wish to acknowledge that the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s head office is located on the traditional Indigenous territory of the Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit.
This territory is part of the Dish with One Spoon Treaty, an agreement between the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. This territory is also covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.
Today, Toronto is still home to Indigenous people and we are grateful to have the opportunity to meet and work on this territory.
We wish to express gratitude to Mother Earth and for the resources we are using, and honour all the First Nation, Métis and Inuit people who have been living on the land since time immemorial.
About This Acknowledgment
We are aware that our settler acknowledgment uses language which may differ from language used by First Nation, Métis and Inuit people. We understand that language is fluid and living, and we respect this diversity. We are also aware that not all First Nation, Métis and Inuit people refer to themselves in the same way. Some may refer to themselves in spiritual or religious contexts, while some use regional names.
In recognition of this, we are committed to building relationships with First Nation, Métis and Inuit people in order to enhance our knowledge of the many languages and histories within Ontario.