Land Acknowledgement

 

We acknowledge that Cherry Tree Counselling & Psychotherapy Services is a virtual clinic that services individuals situated upon the traditional territories of Turtle Island (North America). We are thankful to be able to work and live in the territory now called Ontario. We acknowledge and give thanks to the First Nations, Metis and Inuit people who have protected and cared for these territories and communities across the province from before the arrival of the settler people.  We remember the history of these lands and that they have been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.  As we are all treaty people in Canada, this history affects us all in individual ways. As we reflect on our shared history we know that our past defines our present, and wish to foster moving forward as friends and allies in order that our past does not have to define our future. We recognize and understand that in addition to land acknowledgements we need to commit to action, education, meaningful dialogue and change. Along with acknowledgement, we must engage our communities in education about Indigenous history, treaties and the rich culture and traditions of Indigenous peoples.