The Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario would like to acknowledge the Indigenous Peoples of all the lands across Ontario.
OACAO acknowledges that its operations, as well as those of its community partners, occur on traditional Indigenous lands throughout the province. With utmost respect, we recognize the existence of 46 treaties and other agreements that encompass the territory now known as Ontario. We extend our sincere appreciation to the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities who have cared for these lands since ancient times and continue to contribute to the prosperity of Ontario, as well as all communities within the province.
As settlers on these lands, it is important to acknowledge that Caledon, where the Office of the OACAO is located, is the traditional Territory of the Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee Peoples, and the Anishnabek of the Williams Treaties. This land is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
We honour and respect Indigenous heritage and the long-lasting history of the land and strive to protect the land, water, plants and animals that have inhabited this land for the generations yet to come.
Please note that this acknowledgement will evolve over time. As we embark on this journey, OACAO will provide updates as we take action, gain knowledge, reflect on our experiences, and hold ourselves responsible for our actions. We are committed to reconciliation and cultivating connections within our communities.
As you continue to explore the effects on these lands, we recommend consulting the following resources:
- Ontario First Nations Maps: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-first-nations-maps
- Indigenous Tourism Ontario Land Acknowledgement Resource Guide: https://indigenoustourismontario.ca/about-ito/resources/land-acknowledgement/
- 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission list of the 94 calls to action: https://ehprnh2mwo3.exactdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf
- Ministry of Indigenous Affairs: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-indigenous-affairs
We hope that this will be a starting place for those looking to learn more about the history of Indigenous people in their area, and about building reciprocal relationships with Indigenous communities, people, and artists.