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Land Acknowledgment

This land acknowledgment is a step towards publicly acknowledging the history of the land in which we occupy and work, as a step towards reconciliation with Indigenous communities. We know colonization continues to be prevalent in society and the harmful, unjust impacts it has had for Indigenous communities. We are aware of child welfare’s role in this, including residential schools, the “60s scoop” and the continued overrepresentation of Indigenous children in care. These assimilative practices have caused intergenerational trauma, impacted parents ability to care for their own children, separated Indigenous families from one another and removed Indigenous people from their culture and traditions. We recognize that in reconciliation work, recognition of the importance of the land is imperative, and the forced displacement/removal of Indigenous people from their land is unacceptable.

We want to acknowledge all the original caretakers of Turtle Island. The agency offices and the counties in which we work (Haldimand and Norfolk) are located on the treaty lands and territory of the Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas of the Credit. We also acknowledge this land as the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral).

We all have a responsibility to educate ourselves about the history of the land and the experiences of Indigenous peoples. This understanding is needed to inform the work that we do so that we can stop perpetuating the damages of colonization and begin to repair them. Land acknowledgements are just one small, first step in doing this work. These words are not enough. We know that while we cannot change the past, we can change the future. We dedicate ourselves to recognizing settler privilege and colonialism, disrupting these cycles and respecting Indigenous rights to protect land, treaties and communities.

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