Ndio! Aaniin! Shé:kon!
Aftermetoo wants to acknowledge the Indigenous peoples who are the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we live and work. We would like to appreciate and honour their wisdom and their resiliency.
This website was made by people living and working in multiple locations, primarily in the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg (ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᒃ), the Huron-Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Mississaugas of the Credit (Michi Saagiig), as well as in the traditional territories of the St. Lawrence Iroquoians, the Kanienʼkehá:ka, and the Haudenosaunee extending northeast from Akwesásne.
Aftermetoo acknowledges that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples have experienced hundreds of years of colonization, persecution, and ongoing structural violence, which has had, and continues to have, devastating impacts on many aspects of their lives. We believe that as settlers we need to be accountable for that, so that we can move forward with Indigenous peoples into a future of conciliation.
We affirm our understanding that Canada must recognize and respect First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples’ Treaty, constitutional, and human rights as the original peoples of this land and as self-determining peoples. We understand that as Canadians we have a responsibility to show respect for Indigenous peoples, to support their cultural revitalization, and to work toward making Canada more equitable and just in its relationships with Indigenous peoples.
We are still learning. If we’ve made a mistake in anything we’ve written here, we’d be grateful if you would let us know so we can fix it.
Tiawenhk! Miigwech! Niawen’kó:wa!
In developing this land acknowledgment, we consulted many sources. We benefited from, and are grateful for, the Native Land Digital and Whose Land websites, and writings about land acknowledgements by Miranda Black, Mnawaate Gordon-Corbiere, the Native Governance Center, and âpihtawikosisân (Chelsea Vowel). We have also benefited from, and highly recommend, these resources for people who are trying to better understand Indigenous peoples and how they have been affected by colonization.
- 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality, a book by Bob Joseph.
- Aboriginal Worldviews and Education, a free online course by Dr. Jean-Paul Restoule.
- Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples, a book by Dr. Gregory Younging.
- Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
- Indigenous Canada, a free online course by Dr. Tracy Bear and Dr. Paul Gareau.
- Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Issues in Canada, a book by Chelsea Vowel.
- Land Back: A Yellowhead Institute Red Paper, a free online paper by Shiri Pasternak and Hayden King.
- Media Indigena, a podcast hosted by Rick Harp.
- Natives and Newcomers: Canada’s “Heroic Age” Reconsidered, a book by Bruce G. Trigger.
- Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Volume 1a and Volume 1b.
- Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.
- Responding to Anti-Indigenous Racism in the Health Care System, a free webinar by Yvette Ringham Cowan and Laurie Harding.
- Three Bloody, Diseased, Deadly Decades: A History, The Beginning of Modern Canada and the United States, The Struggle between Indigenous Americans and Europeans, What Really Happened, 1610-1640, a book by Calvin D. Trowbridge Jr.
- Whose Land Is It Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization, a free e-book edited by Peter McFarlane and Nicole Schabus, with essays by Arthur Manuel, Taiaiake Alfred, Glen Coulthard, Russell Diabo, Beverly Jacobs, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Kanahus Manuel, Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour, Pamela Palmater, Shiri Pasternak, Nicole Schabus, Senator Murray Sinclair, and Sharon Venne.