I acknowledge my presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Huron-Wendat, and the Métis.
I acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region.
Linda Tuhiwai Smith (1999) in Decolonizing Methodologies states, “The term “research” is inextricably linked to European imperialism and colonialism. The word itself, “research”, is probably one of the dirtiest words in the indigenous world’s vocabulary.”
I take responsibility to unlearn personal bias, internalized systems of oppression, and acknowledge my privilege and positionality in the world. I’m grateful for the guidance of Jennifer Wemigwans and Ixchel Bennett during my time in teacher’s college, as I have gained so much insight through their courses.
As an educator, I’m a member of the First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education Association of Ontario to inform myself with best practices for Indigenous knowledge. Looking at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, I actively make myself accountable with Education for Reconciliation Section 62 & 63.