We would like to acknowledge this sacred land on which Artefact Jewellery operates. Toronto has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years. This land has been the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River.
We recognize and deeply appreciate their historic connection to this place. We also recognize the contributions of Métis, Inuit, and other First Nations and Indigenous peoples in shaping our shared community.
As settlers, we’re grateful for the opportunity to live, meet, and work here and must give thanks to the many generations of people who have stewarded this land for thousands of years. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
More recently, the English Crown claimed this territory in the 1787 Toronto Purchase, formalized as Crown Treaty No. 13. In 1805 and 2010, the terms of the Toronto Purchase have been amended in response to grievances regarding the unclear and fraudulent conditions of the initial Purchase.
As settlers, this Land Acknowledgement must also be clearly and overtly connected to our collective commitment to realizing Truth and Reconciliation in our community, especially in bringing recognition and justice to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across our country, and in recognizing and healing the personal and cultural injuries caused by Canada’s residential school system.