The Department of Imaginary Affairs operates out of Toronto, Ontario which is located on sacred land that has been a site of human activity for over 15,000 years. This land is the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of New Credit, the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, and the Huron Wendat. We acknowledge these Nations (and any other recorded or unrecorded Nations who cared for the land) as the past, present and future caretakers of this land named Tkaronto, “Where the Trees Meet the Water,” “The Gathering Place.”
Today, the meeting place of Toronto is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.
We encourage all Canadians to become more actively involved in understanding why Land Acknowledgements are important, but also Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. The University of Alberta offers a free online course that “explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.”