Acknowledging traditional Indigenous territories is one way to recognize contemporary and historical Indigenous presence and land rights.
It is a small step towards dismantling the impact of colonialism and recognizing the vital role of Indigenous people in the places where we live and work.
FUSION recognizes that its work, and the work of its members, guilds, affiliates and community take place on traditional Indigenous territories across the Province of Ontario. We acknowledge that there are 46 treaties and other agreements that cover the territory called Ontario. We are thankful to be able to work and live in these territories. We are thankful to the First Nations, Metis and Inuit people who have cared for these territories since time immemorial and who continue to contribute to the strength of Ontario and to all communities across the province.
As ceramic and glass artists whose materials are drawn from the land in a very direct way, FUSION is committed to creating space for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and hold their trust as we do our best as stewards of this space and this task.
FUSION acknowledges that its office is located in Toronto and on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now the home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.
For more information on the purpose of Land Acknowledgements, visit native-land.ca.