I would like to acknowledge that my office and home sits on the ancestral territory of many nations- the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnaabeg, the Chippewas, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat.
Tkaronto (Mohawk) has been the home and meeting place of many First Nations people and Toronto is now the home to many Indigenous and Métis from across Turtle Island and all over the world.
The territory we now occupy has been historically governed by A Dish With One Spoon Treaty between the Anishnaabeg, Mississaugas and the Haudenosaunee. This treaty was a promise for peace, sharing and stewardship of resources.
It is in the deeper meaning of the Territory/Land Acknowledgement, and in the true understanding of A Dish With One Spoon that we may find some answers to the root of our suffering.
Upon our genuine realization that we are a part of this complete and beautiful ecosystem- and not separate or above it, and once we begin to conduct ourselves accordingly, can we start to move towards our own and collective health and wellness.
Dr. Marillea Yu, ND (She/Her)