We would like to acknowledge the land on which we gather, learn, grow, and play is the traditional ancestral territory of the Attawandaran, Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and Huron Wendat Peoples.
We acknowledge that this land is traditional in its original occupation and use by Indigenous peoples of Canada. We are aware of the impact that colonial actions have had on Indigenous Peoples and feel it is important for all of us to acknowledge our own unique, personal truth and relationship to this land and remain committed to understanding past injustices to move forward for a better future.
At the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario, we are dedicated to building healthy communities for people of all backgrounds, beliefs and abilities. We acknowledge the connection and contributions of the Indigenous peoples of this region to the work we strive to do at the YMCA. In upholding our values of honesty, respect, caring, responsibility, and inclusiveness we are committed to placing a special and intentional focus on Canada’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples.
We invite you to reflect upon this land acknowledgement, what it means to your personal story, and what the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action mean to you.