We acknowledge that we are gathering on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek [AhhNishNahBeck]), Haudenosaunee [HoeDenayShowNay], Huron-Wendat, Attawandaron and Lunaapew [Luh-nay-PAY] Indigenous peoples.
This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and the London Township Purchase of 1796 also known as the London Treaty.
The three First Nations communities closest in proximity to our city are: Chippewa of the Thames First Nation (part of the Anishinaabek [AhhNishNahBeck]); Oneida Nation of the Thames (part of the Haudenosaunee [HoeDenayShowNay]); and, Munsee-Delaware Nation (part of the Lunaapew [Luh-nay-PAY]).
We’re grateful for the opportunity to meet here and we thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land – for thousands of years.
With a spirit of generosity and commitment to reconciliation, may we proceed [this evening] and as we move forward, with respect, peace and authenticity towards all our brothers and sisters and recognize our own responsibility in the stewardship of this land.