June is National Aboriginal History Month, and June 21st is National Aboriginal Day. As we celebrate and honour the history, culture and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples who have been living on this continent approximately 9,850 years before Canada was born, we at MCC acknowledge that our community is located on the traditional territories of a number of indigenous groups.
These currently include the Huron-Wendat-Wendake First Nation, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory First Nation, The Métis Nation of Ontario and the Inuit. Toronto is a part of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum, an agreement led by the Haudonosaunee (hoe-de-ne-show-knee) Great Peace Keeper, giving all people living in the area surrounding the Great Lakes the right to share in the abundance of this land.
It is our responsibility at MCC to honour the Dish with One Spoon Wampum and develop relationships of friendship, peace and respect with First Nations, Metis and Inuit people, and with all other peoples living here today. Our Peace and Justice Strategy Team has started a consultation and engagement process to explore how MCC can respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action and develop these peaceful, friendly and respectful relationships.
Stay tuned for ways in which you can get involved.