*I’d like to acknowledge that my office sits on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. Long before my family fled persecution in Europe and settled here, this land has also been home to the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples.
It was part of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabeg and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
I’d also like to acknowledge the participation of the naturopathic profession in the ongoing process of colonization and oppression. Naturopathic medicine has contributed to the devaluing of traditional health knowledge from multiple BIPOC communities, and has also misrepresented BIPOC herbal and natural health knowledge as its own, including, but not limited to, health knowledge from Indigenous, African, South and East Asian medical systems.
Today, the meeting place of T’karonto (Mohawk) is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work in this community, on this land, and I commit to advocating for the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.