The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) recognizes that its work, and the work of its community partners take place on traditional Indigenous territories across the province. We acknowledge that there are 46 treaties and other agreements that cover the territory now called Ontario. We are thankful to be able to work and live in these territories. We are thankful to the First Nations, Metis and Inuit people who have cared for these territories since time immemorial and who continue to contribute to the strength of Ontario and to all communities across the province. OBIA is honoured to collaborate with Indigenous clients, stakeholders and communities throughout the various territories.
OBIA would also like to acknowledge that its physical office is located in Niagara and on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, many of whom continue to live and work here today. Acknowledging traditional Indigenous territories is one way to recognize contemporary and historical Indigenous presence and land rights. It is a small step towards dismantling the continued impacts of colonialism and undoing Indigenous erasure in our everyday lives.
For more information on the purpose of Land Acknowledgements check out native-land.ca.