Land Acknowledgement

DOC would like to honour the land that we are on, which has been the site of human activity for thousands of years. DOC is a National organization but our head office is located on the traditional territories of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishinabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and more recently, The Mississaugas of the Credit River First Nations.

Ontario is covered by 46 treaties and other agreements, and is home to many Indigenous Nations from across Turtle Island, including the Inuit and the M├ętis. These treaties and other agreements, including the One Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, are agreements to peaceably share and care for the land and its resources. Other Indigenous Nations, Europeans, and newcomers were invited into this covenant in the spirit of respect, peace and friendship.

We are mindful of broken covenants and we strive to make this right, with the land and with each other.

We are all Treaty people. Many of us have come here as settlers, immigrants, newcomers, in this generation or generations past. Some of us came here forcibly, particularly as a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade.

We invite you explore Native Land Digital, that strives to create and foster conversations about the history of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and settler-Indigenous relations, through educational resources such as this map. Native Land Digital creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.