Land Acknowledgement

Embrave carries out its work and the land on which we gather, and which the Region of Peel operates, is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples inhabited and cared for this land. In particular we acknowledge the territory of the Anishinabek, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Ojibway/Chippewa peoples; the land that is home to the Metis; and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation who are direct descendants of the Mississaugas of the Credit.

Embrave is grateful to have the opportunity to live, work and play on this land, and by doing so, give our respect to its first inhabitants. As an Organization also recognize our responsibility to acknowledge the history and ongoing legacy of colonialism, and our complicity in upholding its structure and systems. Indigenous Peoples continue to struggle to protect their lands and waters from settler colonialism and capitalism, and face disproportionate marginalization, impoverishment, racism, and an epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people.

Embrave also acknowledges the racism and systemic discrimination many groups face who call this land their home including people of African descent who were stolen from their land and brought here through the Trans Atlantic slave trade. Despite these and countless more injustices, Indigenous Peoples in our region continue to thrive and build community on these lands today.

Embrave moves beyond tokenized gestures and affirms that land acknowledgements are but one step toward understanding our relationship to the land and complicity in the ongoing cultural genocide of Indigenous Peoples.

It is all of our collective responsibility to decolonize ourselves and our institutions as well as care for the land for future generations.

Please visit the following links to learn more about our collective responsibility and how you can engage in solidarity work: the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, measures to ensure accountability, National Inquiry into the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Final Report | MMIWG (mmiwg-ffada.ca)  and the Underground Railroad and Black lives Matter movements