Land Acknowledgement

The ALAB Resource Clinic was created by settlers in Tkaronto. We have learned that Tkaronto is a word that comes from the Mohawk people, meaning "the place in the water where the trees stand." We believe it is crucial for us, as settlers, to acknowledge the land's traditional names and its caretakers about which our schools did not teach us. To acknowledge that Indigenous people are often spoken of in the past tense and historicizing their struggles erases their identities and the violence being actively committed against them by Canada today. To acknowledge that we are working within an oppressive system that has and continues to dispossess Indigenous people of their lands and self-determination rights. We acknowledge that Indigenous peoples are leaders to be listened to and learned from regarding effective solutions to climate change. ALAB further acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, which is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis peoples. ALAB also acknowledges that Tkaronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.