We would like to acknowledge the history of the traditional territory on which the Portside Art Institute stands. PART is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek (Ah-nish-in-a-bek), Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-no-show-nee), Lūnaapéewak (Len-ahpay-wuk) and Attawandaron (Add-a-won-da-run) peoples. These lands are connected with the Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. This land was used as their traditional hunting grounds and continues to be home to diverse Indigenous peoples whom we recognize as contemporary stewards of the land and vital contributors of our society. We would also like to recognize the relationships of the local three First Nations: Chippewa of the Thames First Nation (part of the Anishinaabe); Oneida Nation of the Thames (part of the Haudenosaunee); and, Munsee-Delaware Nation (part of the Leni-Lunaape).
PART invites you to reflect upon this land acknowledgement:
- What are the barriers to wellness and healing linked to colonization?
- What is the importance of culture, spirituality and Indigenous practices in art?
- How can we meet the challenge of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action i.e. education, health, and justice mean to our personal stories and our relationships with Indigenous communities?
- In the interest of inclusion and equity, what commitments or improvements can PART make towards wellness?