Uptown Waterloo BIA Land Acknowledgement
The Uptown Waterloo BIA is situated on the Haldimand Tract, land that was promised- in perpetuity- to the Six Nations of the Grand River and is within the territory traditionally cared for by the Neutral, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples.
It is our responsibility to continuously educate ourselves on the history of colonization and to work towards reconciliation through our work, our relationships, our community building, and our placemaking.
We honour the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge, laws, and philosophies of the Indigenous Peoples with whom we share this land today.
Resources for Truth and Reconciliation
We recognize land acknowledgements are one small step towards reconciliation. As settlers, part of our responsibility is to understand the history of this land and its peoples- to place the task of education on ourselves, rather than placing the burden of educating us on Indigenous peoples. We continue to dedicate ourselves to ongoing learning/training, conversations, and action.
Below are some of the resources that have been gathered and recommended as we move further into a space of true and meaningful reconciliation.
Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples