Traditional Territory Acknowledgement
Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of many nations. A territorial or land acknowledgement involves making a statement recognizing the traditional territory of the Indigenous people(s) who called the land home before the arrival of settlers, and in many cases still do call it home. Providing a land acknowledgement at the beginning of an event or meeting gives time for reflection and demonstrates recognition of Indigenous lands, treaties and peoples.
In the spirit of reconciliation and respect, SOO - St. Catharines-Thorold will conduct a land acknowledgement at the beginning of any community sponsored meetings, competitions and events.
“We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. We also acknowledge that St. Catharines is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Agreement.”