land acknowledgement

We recognize that our work, and the work of our many partners and grantees, takes place on traditional Indigenous territory across what is now called Ontario. We wish to express gratitude to Mother Earth for her bounty and to honour all the original peoples starting with the Anishinaabe, and the Wendat, and including, in more recent times, the Haudenosaunee, Métis and Inuit people who have been living on these lands since time immemorial.

We also wish to acknowledge that MLSE Foundation’s head office is located on the traditional territory of the Mississauga, as well as the Anishinaabe, Wendat and the Haudenosaunee people. This land has been governed by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt for a thousand years and in recent times by the Williams Treaty and Treaty 13.

Today, Toronto (a Wendat word meaning “fishing weir” or “where sticks standing in the water” or “meeting place”) is still known as the meeting place and is still home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island.

A group of travelers left their moccasin-clad footprints in the blue clay beneath the buildings here in downtown Toronto. These moccasin footprints were uncovered by a dredging crew while doing underwater work at the foot of Bay Street, back in 1908. That trek by the first peoples took place over 12,500 years ago, and as we look back to those first Torontonians, we remember our Mother the Earth, through the seven Grandfather teachings: Wisdom, Courage, Respect, Honesty, Truth, Humility and Love. The stories of each of these nations endure and continue to guide our thoughts and actions on this land. Nindinawemaaganidok which means (All My Relations) which means We Are All Related.

For us, this recognition of the contributions and importance of Indigenous peoples is connected to our commitment to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Written With Guidance From:

Philip Cote, MFAYoung Spiritual Elder, Artist, Activist, Ancestral Knowledge Keeper & Historian
Moose Deer Point First Nation: Underwater Panther Clan

Philip is the 7th Generation Great-Grandson of Shawnee Warrior and Leader Tecumseh, and his ancestor Amelia Chechok is the Grand Daughter of Chief Chechok who was the first signer of The Toronto Purchase of 1805.