Danielle would like to acknowledge that the land on which she works is stolen land. The City of Hamilton is situated upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, which was an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
The truth of Canada is entrenched with the responsibility of a carrying out genocide of indigenous people. The Truth and Reconciliation Act continues to fail Indigenous people. Danielle stands in solidarity with murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls, transgender and two-spirit people, and with the families of the children who lost their lives at residential schools.
I commit to re-learning Canadian history, to teaching my children about the true history of Canada (Turtle Island), and amplifying the voices and stories of Indigenous Peoples in my community.