We acknowledge that this church is situated upon the traditional Indigenous territories of the Wendat, the Anishnabeg Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations. It is home to many First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples from across Turtle Island who have been stewards of this land and keepers of its stories since time immemorial.
The treaty signed for the land we are on is collectively referred to as the Toronto Purchase and is part of The Carrying Place Trail, a portage route which linked Lake Ontario to Lake Simcoe by way of the Humber and Holland River systems. As a church community made up of diverse people from many parts of the world, we recognise that we are all treaty people who have benefitted from life on these unceded territories. To live in a Good Way, we seek guidance from Indigenous Peoples and their stories, the principles of UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act), [and] the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action.
We recognize the complicity of the Church in the painful legacy of colonisation and approach reconciliation with humility and open engaged hearts and minds. We commit to learning the history of the land and challenging systemic racism to ensure a new and better world for us all.