*My office sits on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land has also been home to the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee Peoples. Toronto is 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. Today, the meeting place of T’karonto (Mohawk) continues to be 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.
It’s critical for me to actively acknowledge the participation of the naturopathic profession in ongoing processes of colonization and oppression. Naturopathic medicine has contributed to the devaluing of traditional health knowledge, and has also misrepresented herbal and natural health knowledge as its own, including, but not limited to, health knowledge from Indigenous, African, South and East Asian medical systems. I am committed to addressing this history bravely as part of my ongoing commitment to reconciliation, social justice, and the creation of equitable, inclusive spaces and systems.