ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL LAND
We acknowledge that the canoe, kayak and SUP races we support and the work of our volunteers takes place on traditional Indigenous territories across the province. We understand that the watercraft of canoe and kayak are integral to Indigenous culture. We are grateful for these watercraft in which we challenge ourselves in distance races, over water as it comes, reflecting in part, some of the travels of the First Peoples of Canada. We acknowledge that there are 46 treaties and other agreements that cover the territory now called Ontario. We are thankful to the First Nations, Metis and Inuit people who have cared for these territories since time immemorial and who continue to contribute to the strength of Ontario and to all communities across the province.
Acknowledging traditional Indigenous territories is one way to recognize contemporary and historical Indigenous presence and land rights. It is a small step towards dismantling the continued impacts of colonialism and undoing Indigenous erasure in our everyday lives. For more information on the purpose of Land Acknowledgements check out native-land.ca.
For other information Truth and Reconciliation Report
Canada is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work, live and play on this land.
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