Matrix Heritage acknowledges that our office is on the traditional, ancestral, unceded, and unsurrendered territory of the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation. The Anishinabe Algonquin are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity, as they have been for thousands of years and they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.
We acknowledge that as archaeologists we have the privileged position to work on the traditional territory of many First Nations throughout what is now Ontario and to work with the material heritage of these descendant communities. We hope to create more inclusive spaces to further support engagement in the archaeological process.
The Matrix Heritage Team believes this land acknowledgement is important to include on our website as a land acknowledgment is a way of recognizing and showing respect for the Indigenous peoples who have been living on the land for millennia. It is a starting point towards reconciliation as a first step in confronting the past, recognizing the history and contributions of Indigenous peoples, and an important step in building relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people towards a shared future. It is also an opportunity to educate people about the Indigenous history of the land, and to create awareness of the ongoing impacts of colonialism on Indigenous peoples.
We encourage you to learn about the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and read the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Report.
Find out whose land you are on - Native-Land.ca
read the calls to action that resulted from the TRC’s report - Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) “Calls to Action”
Learn about the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation - https://www.anishinabenation.ca/en/