As you know, we begin each morning by acknowledging the traditional land upon which Gledhill sits, and where we gather each day.
But do you know why?
Orange Shirt Day is a great day to think about it!
Indigenous peoples have lived on the land we now call Canada for thousands of years, with their own unique cultures, identities, traditions and languages.
Making land acknowledgement statements is a way to show thanks and respect to the land and the people, and helps to make sure that our school is a safe and welcoming space for everyone. It is important for us to be aware of the history of the places we call home.
Today, this area is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island –now known as North America – and we are grateful to have the opportunity to learn here.
So we acknowledge that this school is situated upon traditional territories. The territories include the Wendat, Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of Scugog, Hiawatha, Alderville First Nation and the Métis Nation. The treaty that was signed for this particular parcel of land is collectively referred to as the Williams Treaties of 1923 and applies to lands east of Woodbine Avenue. We recognize the enduring presence of Aboriginal peoples on this land.
We acknowledge the land. And we acknowledge the history. And we acknowledge the people.
Thanks for wearing Orange today!