The Georgian Bay Biosphere recognizes that we are located on Anishinabek territory. We want to acknowledge that we understand that our organization benefits from colonization, privilege, and the displacement of the original peoples of this territory, as our head office is located where the Ziigwaan (Seguin River) meets Mnidoo Gamii (Georgian Bay).
Indigenous peoples in the area are of Ojibway, Chippewa, Odawa and Pottawatomi lineage, who are united by a common language, kinship and clan memberships. Mohawk people from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy also reside in the area and have historical connections to both southern and eastern Ontario. Parry Sound area is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.
We respect and recognize the inherent rights and governance of the Anishinabek pre-confederation. GBBR also acknowledges the rights of the Anishinabek as legally recognized in the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850.
With respect to the territory GBBR calls home, we are committed to our responsibility of relationship building with Indigenous Peoples, knowledges, and ways of being. We want to acknowledge that the scope of work GBBR engages with/in, such as education, conservation and stewardship, continues to exist because of Indigenous resiliency, since time immemorial. We wish to express our gratitude to our Anishinabek relations for continuously leading the way in sustainability, respect, and reciprocity.
We are grateful, Mother Earth.