The work of Generous Space Ministries brings people together from across Turtle Island. We acknowledge that without decolonization, without honouring 2 Spirit folk, without addressing the lack of justice for murdered and missing women, girls, and 2 Spirit people our work of intersectional justice is incomplete.
In particular, we would like to acknowledge the traditional territories and the following treaties, on which our staff operate:
Becca and Michiko - Tkronto: the traditional territory of the Huron- Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Métis, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. This territory is covered by Treaty 13.
Holli and Wendy - St. Stephen, NB: the traditional and traditional and unceded territory of the Peskotomuhkati people, covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship.
Nadia - Delta, BC: the traditional territory of the sc̓əwaθən məsteyəx (Tsawwassen) and the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.
Beth - Vancouver, BC: the unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Jamie - Winnipeg, MB: located within Treaty No.1 Territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinabe (Ojibway), Ininew (Cree), Oji-Cree, Dene, and Dakota, and is the Birthplace of the Métis Nation and the Heart of the Métis Nation Homeland. Winnipeg also sources its water from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.
Why does Generous Space have a territorial acknowledgement on its website?
The inclusion of a territorial acknowledgement on Generous Space’s website, is one example of the ways in which we are striving as an organization to be continually mindful and engaged in the calls for Indigenous justice here in Canada, and around the world. While our statement is only part of an ongoing process of learning and embodying anti-colonial ways of being, we would like to share the following thoughts:
We recognize the work of territorial acknowledgements as part of our response to the calls of the TRC.
We offer territorial acknowledgements as a form of disruption to the ways in which Indigenous nations' history and present-day realities are erased, ignored, and denied.
We do not believe that territorial acknowledgements are a sufficient way to address the need for restorative justice for Indigenous peoples. In the words of Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang, decolonization is not a metaphor and requires tangible actions relating to power sharing, redistribution of resources, and more.
We engage in this work with humility and determination to not let our fear of being wrong become an excuse for not doing what we can, with what we have.
If we think of territorial acknowledgments as sites of potential disruption, they can be transformative acts that to some extent undo Indigenous erasure. I believe this is true as long as these acknowledgments discomfit both those speaking and hearing the words. The fact of Indigenous presence should force non-Indigenous peoples to confront their own place on these lands. – Chelsea Vowel, Métis,
A territorial acknowledgement is only one small part of the work becoming embodied into the organization and informing the ongoing transformation of Generous Space. In the spirit of transparency, we would like to share the ways we are ensuring that we remain committed and accountable to the work of Indigneous justice and decolonization as part of our vision of intersectional justice.
We commit to including territorial acknowledgements at the beginning of all community gatherings (virtual and in-person).
We commit to providing members of our community, especially those in positions of leadership, with information and training so that they may provide territorial acknowledgements which reflect the spirit of our commitment to Indigenous justice.
We commit to using our platforms on social media to raise awareness about current events impacting Indigenous people and to highlight the work of Indigenous peoples as it relates to the mission of Generous Space
As staff, we commit to incorporating training and education about Indigenous justice into our meetings on a regular basis.
As an organization, we commit to ensuring that funds and sponsorships are available to support Indigenous participation in programming such as retreats.
We commit to setting a timeline for ongoing review every 6 months to hold us accountable to this work and to intentionally maintain focus as an organization and a staff team in doing the work of decolonization.
Some of the Resources We Have Appreciated In Our Learning Process So Far:
What is a territorial acknowledgement?
Infographics and Mapping
Native-land.ca https://native-land.ca/ This website can help you look up the Indigenous nations, languages, and treaties that exist across Turtle Island. They continue to add further research and update more information from all over the world.
Response, Commentary, and Critiques of Territorial Acknowledgements
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) Questioning the usefulness of land acknowledgements (includes video)
Globe and Mail article: As Indigenous land acknowledgments become the norm, critics question whether the gesture has lost its meaning by Joe Friesen (audio available)