LAND & CALL TO ACTION ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
We acknowledge that Kitchener is situated on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee Peoples. We recognize our responsibility to serve as stewards for the land and honour the original caretakers who came before us.
We would also like to acknowledge that our community is enriched by the enduring knowledge and deep-rooted traditions of the diverse First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Kitchener today. As we reflect on the seventh generation principle of the Haudenosaunee Peoples, we must consider the impacts of our actions and decisions on the next seven generations.
The City’s initial response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is a starting point in the City’s journey to develop meaningful relationships and work toward reconciliation with the local First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. We recognize and acknowledge, however, that a more comprehensive approach to reconciliation is required to address systemic inequities, racism and to better support, celebrate and deliver services to Indigenous Peoples in Kitchener.
We give this acknowledgement to show respect to the first peoples who inhabited this land and to remind ourselves of our responsibility to the First Nations, Inuit and Metis now and always.
As we move forward we must be steadfast in our commitment to do better.