TAIS begins National Truth and Reconciliation Day, September 30th, 2021 by acknowledging that the sacred land on which TAIS sits has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years. This land is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee (hodt-en-oh-SHOW-nee), the Métis (may-TEE), the Wendat, the Chippewa (CHI-puh-waa), the Anishnaabeg (ah-NISH-naw-bek) and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum (WAAM-pm) Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe (oh-JEEB-way) and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. This territory is also covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers, have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect. Today, the meeting place of Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to be here in this territory.
We acknowledge the recent unearthing of children who died at the hands of colonialism.
The schools had a 40 to 60% mortality rate and a 90 to 100% sexual and physical abuse rate.
Not only did the residential school system harm Indigenous children significantly by removing them from their families, depriving them of their ancestral languages and their culture, and exposing many of them to physical and sexual abuse, but thousands of children died in what can only be described as genocide.
TAIS encourages you to find out more about your location https://native-land.ca/
We encourage you to read more at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation https://nctr.ca/