While we are not all gathered together in one place for this year’s conference, we would like to acknowledge that the EFAO office is situated on the ancestral homelands of the Chonnonton, who the Wendat called the Attawandaron/Attawandaronk and the French called la Nation neutre or the Neutral Nation, and of the Anishinaabek peoples, specifically the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
We stand on Treaty 3 or “Between the Lakes Purchase” territory, and EFAO’s work ranges across at least 46 recognized treaties.
Land acknowledgements are just the very start of the process of reconciliation. To continue this most essential work, we invite us all to take a moment and reflect on the land where we each currently stand and consider questions like:
What are our obligations to the peoples who first inhabited this land, and continue to do so?
How can we as individuals support existing local struggles?
How do we live and farm as good treaty people?