Tafelmusik’s home venue and offices are in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. This land is the territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnahbeg, the Haudenosaunee, the Chippewa, and the Wendat people. It is still home to many diverse First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people.
We work and perform on sacred land, which is part of an agreement between Indigenous peoples, and then extended to allied nations to peacefully and respectfully care for it.
We recognize the historic oppression of the original peoples, and cultures, and land, in what we now call Canada, and that inequality and racism are a part of Canada today. By making this land acknowledgment, we hope to make a small gesture to reconciliation, and to honour Indigenous heritage which dates back over 10,000 years.
This land acknowledgement represents ongoing dialogue and research. Tafelmusik’s leadership recognizes that this is a small gesture, and our goal is to continue learning, reconciling, and supporting Indigenous peoples and communities.
We welcome your feedback: please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your thoughts.
To find out more about traditional territories and land acknowledgments, please visit these sources which helped inform the creation of Tafelmusik’s land acknowledgment and this page:
Whose Land is a web-based app that uses GIS technology to assist users in identifying Indigenous Nations, territories, and Indigenous communities across Canada.
Native Land is a Canadian not-for-profit which operates as a resource for North Americans (and others) to find out more about local Indigenous territories and languages.
Canada’s public arts funder, The Canada Council for the Arts, has a dedicated page which helped inform the creation of this one.
The City of Toronto’s land acknowledgment and pronunciation guide.
An article from Do Justice about The Dish with One Spoon, the covenant which held together the Indigenous peoples of the Great Lakes before settlers appeared.
The Canadian Association of University Teachers offers a guide on territory acknowledgments and how to use them.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report.
The 94 Calls to Action outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.