We live on the Traditional Land of the N’Biising First Nation, who are culturally related to the great Anishinaabeg Nation. The N’Biising, as the first custodians of the land, were willing to equally share this land, but they were tricked, and then the land was appropriated and stolen from them via the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850. The Nishnaabeg People still live here, living between two watersheds, and at a crossroad, for more than seven generations. We find ourselves living at that same crossroad that connects people to the North, and also another crossroad; that of Truth and Reconciliation. We acknowledge recognizing Indigenous Territorial Land is only a small step along our long road towards Reconciliation. We are willing to continue this journey with our N’Biising neighbours, as we weave our paths together along a new path.
We wish to acknowledge our Canadian society is structured by White supremacy, which is something that we all contribute to and prosper from. We recognize the many historical forms of White supremacy that have disenfranchised Black bodies and also Brown and Red bodies in Canada. We acknowledge our personal and professional negligence in understanding and sometimes our avoidance in addressing underlying racism and colonialism in everyday social work practices. We continue to unlearn our racism and to dismantle White supremacy. Through speaking about and educating on White supremacy and racism, we hope to engender a positive appreciation and humanization of Black Lives. In addition, we will create safe spaces within our social work practice that is inclusive, equitable and transparent for all.