for Two-Spirit, LGBTQIA+ and Neurodivergent individuals
Stolen Land Acknowledgement:
Out of the Box Counselling & Collaborations operates in so called Waterloo Region on the stolen traditional land of the Mississaugas, the Haudenosaunee, the Attawandronk, and Anishnaabe People.
As such, Out of the Box acknowledges the sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples in this area and across Turtle Island (Canada), and stands in solidarity with advocates, land defenders, and water defenders calling for Indigenous sovereignty and the return of land to the original caretakers of this area. There is no freedom for the LGBTQIA+ community without the freedom of Indigenous People which is only possible through nation to nation sovereignty.
The Two Row Wampum, Simcoe Patent, and Haldimand Tract Treaties are nation to nation agreements, that were intended to promote values of peace, friendship and respect, while upholding the sovereignty of Indigenous nations and their lands.
There is a long standing colonial legacy that disregards these treaties and violates promised human and land sovereignty. According to these treaties at least 6 miles on either side of the grand river was intended for Indigenous nations; today only 4.8% of that land is held by Indigenous communities. It is important for us to recognize that colonial legacies have shaped our own understanding of history and continue to disproportionately impact the land, the natural world, Indigenous People, and communities.
Despite the colonial legacies that continue to attempt to erase millennia of valuable knowledges, contributes to an active genocide, and pervasive societal racism, Indigenous Peoples continue to resist assimilation, reclaim (nearly) lost traditions, and claim their rightful place as the First Peoples of this continent. As we discover more evidence of the true impacts of the Residential School System in Canada, it is critical for Canadians to first grapple with the truth of Indigenous Peoples lived experience before we can begin a conversation about reconciliation and moving forward.
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