We wish to acknowledge and honour the ancestral guardians of this land and its waterways: the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Wendat, and the Attiwonderonk (Neutral). We acknowledge that we live and do our work on territory governed by two treaties, The Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant of 1701 and The Huron Tract Treaty of 1827. To this day many Indigenous Peoples continue to call this land their home and to act as its stewards. As a Downtown Stratford BIA we wish to join with them in caring for this land for generations to come.
As the Downtown Stratford BIA, we desire to have our interactions contain ways we may become better treaty partners. That our Land Acknowledgement when spoken may be accompanied by actionable steps.
One action of our work today is . . . (and here at each Board or sub-committee meeting we will bring forward the steps we are taking and the work we are committing to).