Throughout Treaty Recognition Week, we continue to grow in getting to know our Indigenous neighbours through an ongoing journey of healing and reconciliation.
As we begin this journey together, we gratefully acknowledge that our school rests on land that was the traditional territory of the Chippewas of Georgina Island. During Treaty Recognition Week, we acknowledge the many Treaties that the Canadian Government signed with the First Peoples of this land. Those Treaties mean that all people in Canada, all of us, are Treaty people. We have an obligation to ensure that the Treaties signed be honoured.
We celebrate the contributions of our First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people to the development of our nations, and contributions to our society. In particular, the Chippewas of Georgina Island offered assistance to the first European travelers to this territory, and shared their knowledge for survival in what was at times a harsh climate. The Chippewa of Georgina Island entered the Upper Canada Treaties and the Williams Treaties from 1781-1862 and in 1923).
We journey in relationship with the Indigenous People of this land, a relationship with our neighbours based on honour and deep respect.