LondonFuse acknowledges the history of the traditional territory and honours the longstanding relationships of the three local First Nations of this land and place in Southwestern Ontario.
What is now known as London, Ontario, is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Attawandaron Peoples, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum.
We would also like to recognize and honour the longstanding relationships with the three First Nations communities neighbouring the City of London: Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Oneida Nation of the Thames and Munsee-Delaware Nation. Additionally, we would like to acknowledge and honour the urban Indigenous population, including First Nation, Métis, and Inuit, who add to the vibrancy of the Forest City.
LondonFuse values and honours the significant historical and contemporary contributions of local and regional First Nations of Turtle Island. We recognize that land acknowledgements are only a starting place for reconciliation and the respect of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. As an organization and as individuals, we commit to a continued journey of listening, learning, and building relationships, highlighting and honour the culture and contributions of Indigenous Peoples through our publication, programming, and events.
We ask that you reflect upon this land acknowledgement, what it means to you, and your role and responsibility in the journey to Truth and Reconciliation. There are many local Indigenous organizations that are doing incredible work that we urge you to learn more about, including, but not limited to, Atlohsa Family Healing Services, Nshwaasnangong Child Care and Family Centre, N’Amerind (London) Friendship Centre, Nokee Kwe, and Out of Sound Rezonance Program.
And finally, in the spirit of equality and inclusion, please contact us if we can improve upon this statement.
Miigwetch, Yaw^ko, Anishiik, Thank you.