In 2019, Brandon Doxtator of Oneida Nation of the Thames joined the Carolinian Canada team as our first Indigenous Leadership Coordinator, thanks to the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. His work had immense impact and laid the foundation for new directions for the organization. It built on decades of work by past Director Paul General from Six Nations and other Indigenous partners to build bridges between western and Indigenous knowledge of the land. Carolinian Canada's new Big Picture Healthy Landscape Strategy works to reconcile peoples and ecosystems as a first step to healthy landscapes. While we recognize we have a lot of work to do, we are excited to start shifting the paradigm.
We live on the traditional territories of many nations including the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, the Lunaapeew, the Wendat and the Mississauga. We acknowledge the inherent and treaty rights of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island including the many diverse First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples who live here now.
We commit to the teachings of the Two Row Wampum and the One Dish One Spoon Wampum; and our duty to reconcile, learn more and create safe spaces for Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives to meet and discuss the issues that matter to everyone.