Natasha O’Hara, Chrissy Baxter, Katelyn Collie, Sarah Lochhead, and Shelby Thoms of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers. (Photo by Mar Lewis).
Simcoe Contemporary Dancers (SCD) supports the practice of Territory and Land Acknowledgement in Ontario and elsewhere in recognition of colonization and in the continued spirit of reconciliation and respect for Indigenous peoples.
We acknowledge the sacred land on which we live and work which is the territory of the Haudenosaunee, Ojibway/Chippewa, and Anishinabek Peoples. We recognize and deeply appreciate their connection to this land which is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. We also recognize the contributions Métis, Inuit, and other Indigenous Peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, as well as our province and country as a whole.
We recognize Indigenous land title as set out in the Royal Proclamation of 1763, which envisioned self-determination and self-government. The Truth and Reconciliation Report and Calls to Action recommend that all levels of government implement Indigenous rights in the original spirit of the treaties. Indigenous Peoples and allies for reconciliation view the treaties as a sacred obligation that commits both parties to maintain respectful relationships, and to share the lands and resources equitably.
Today, Simcoe County is still home to many Indigenous Peoples from across Turtle Island. We are grateful, honoured, and humbled to have the opportunity to live and work on this land.