The land acknowledgment written for Doc Now 2019 (which CJOHP’s opening exhibition was part of):
Doc Now 2019 would like to acknowledge that the festival is held on the territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. This territory is part of the ‘Dish With One Spoon Territory’, a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land.
Today, Toronto is home to many Indigenous people and we are grateful to have the opportunity to gather and organize on this territory.
This territorial acknowledgment is intended as one action that is part of the greater work necessary for decolonization and justice for Indigenous people. It should not function as closure or acceptance of the structural conditions of settler colonialism ongoing in Canada today.
We also recognize that our University is named after Egerton Ryerson, one of the architects of Residential Schools in which generations of Indigenous people were subject to cultural genocide, abuse and trauma at the hands of the Canadian government and churches. We call on the University to continue to critically reflect on this name and historical relationship in the spirit of reconciliation.