Land Acknowledgment

RDDP is doing this Land Acknowledgment because the process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples is important to us. Indigenous peoples have been acknowledging the land before gatherings, ceremonies and events for time immemorial and continue to do them today. RDDP is taking time here to reflect and recognize Indigenous lands, treaties and peoples and the genocide, stolen land, forced removal and residential school they have faced.

In Ontario the arrival of Europeans in the 1600s led to several treaties that were deceitfully negotiated with the Anishinaabe and the Mississaugas of the Credit. These treaties gave the British most of southern Ontario.

In particular in 1787 the Toronto Purchase was negotiated with chiefs of the 
Mississaugas of the Credit resulting in the Crown’s acquisition of 250,000 acres. The Mississauga of the Credit continued their fight for justice regarding this corrupt deal for 200 years and a settlement with the Canadian Government was just recently reached. 

RSDP acknowledges the land RDDP is run from is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations including the Inuit and Metis peoples.

RDDP acknowledges the vibrant First Nations communities through Ontario that continue to take care of this land.

RDDP also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.

As part of the process of reconciliation RDDP donates 5% of all box-office and workshop and class fees the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.