Land Acknowledgement

Yorklands is situated on the Treaty and traditional lands of the Mississauga’s of the Credit First Nation who are part of the Anishinabek peoples, and the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee as well as the Attiwonderonk (Neutral) peoples. The area now called Guelph is covered under Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.  It is also governed by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum treaty established between the Haudenosaunee and the Anishnabek, committing to the care and sharing of the land and its resources.  We recognize that for thousands of years the local Indigenous peoples were excellent stewards of this land and that once Europeans came and colonialism set in, great harms were committed.  On the Yorklands site, with the establishment of the Ontario Reformatory and later the Correctional Centre, more harms were perpetrated as many of the inmates incarcerated were of Indigenous ancestry.  Yorklands Green Hub understands that while land acknowledgment is critical, we are mindful of our responsibility as an organization, and as individuals, in urging for real accountability and transformative change, including implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  We stand humbled and privileged to be able to be able to work and live in these territories. We are deeply respectful and thankful to First Nations, Metis and Inuit people who have cared for these lands since time immemorial and who continue to contribute to the strength of Guelph and Ontario and to all communities across the Country.