The EFAO office is situated on the ancestral homelands of the Mississaugas of New Credit and the Chonnonton, who the Wendat called the Attawandaron/Attawandaronk meaning “people of a slightly different language”.
This territory is within the lands protected by the Dish With One Spoon wampum (1701) between the Anishinaabek and Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Guelph resides on the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3 (originally signed in 1784 and clarified in 1792) between the Mississaugas of the Credit and the Crown and is directly adjacent to the Haldimand Tract (1784), a treaty between the Crown and the Six Nations of the Grand River, and EFAO’s work ranges across at least 46 recognized treaties. This land continues to be home to diverse Indigenous peoples whom we recognize as contemporary stewards of the land and vital contributors of our society.
Guiding Questions to Begin the Process of Reconciliation
We recognize the longstanding relationship between the land and all Indigenous peoples, which precedes the establishment of Ontario and Canada and is affected by the violence of colonialism, capitalism and ongoing racism. By living here, working here and using the resources of this place, we now participate in this experience. As part of the process to be accountable to our role in this ongoing violence, we invite you to reflect on these questions with us:
- What are our obligations to the Indigenous peoples who first inhabited, and continue to inhabit, this land?
- How can we as individuals and as EFAO staff and Board members support existing local struggles of Indigenous peoples along with preservation, resurgence and development?
- How do we figure out what our responsibilities are to this land and those who have always been here?
- How do we live and farm as good treaty people?
- How can we be good visitors and neighbours here?