The EarlyON Child and Family Centres in Simcoe North are located in, and offer programs and services throughout, the northern area of Simcoe County. We acknowledge that Simcoe North is situated on Treaty land that is steeped in rich Indigenous history.
It is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek Nation. The Anishinaabe (Ah-ni-shin-aw-beh) include the Ojibwe (Oh-JIB-way), Odawa (Oh-DAH-wah), and Potawatomi (Pot-a-WA-ta-mee) nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy.
We would like to acknowledge, recognize, and respect the enduring presence of the Indigenous Peoples of this region. The Anishinaabe (Ah-ni-shin-aw-beh) peoples of Beausoleil (Bow-sow-lay) First Nation, Chippewas (Chi-puh-waas) of Rama First Nation, and Chippewas (Chi-puh-waas) of Georgina Island First Nation and we thank them for generations of stewardship.
We also acknowledge and respect the Moose Deer Point First nation, the Wahta Mohawks, the Georgian Bay and Moon River Metis (May-TEE) Councils.
We also recognize and respect that the Wendat and the Haudenosaunee (Hoe-denah-SHOW-nee) Nations have walked on and cared for this territory over time.
This territory is covered by the Lake Simcoe Treaty 16 of 1815, the Williams Treaties of 1923, the Penetanguishene Treaty 5 of 1798, the Robinson-Huron Treaty 61 of 1850 and the John Collins’ Purchase of 1785.
This territory is the subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, a Treaty made between the Anishinaabe (Ah-ni-shin-aw-beh), Mississaugas, and Haudenosaunee (Hoe-denah-SHOW-nee), where nations entered into an agreement to protect the land and responsibly care for its resources in harmony together. We have all been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship, and respect. Treaty agreements were made to last as long as “the sun shines, the grass grows, and rivers flow.”
We acknowledge the forced sacrifices that are the foundation of Canadian society today. In times of great change, we recognize more than ever the importance to honour Indigenous history and culture and we are committed to make the promise of Truth and Reconciliation with all First Nation, Métis (May-TEE) and Inuit (I-nyoo-uht) people and our community.
We strive to engage with our Indigenous communities to incorporate more of their stories and teachings in our EarlyON programming through connecting with families, community partners, elders and Indigenous leaders with the knowledge to help guide inclusivity.
We invite you to learn about the Indigenous Nations that care for the land you are on, and where you might come from, visit native-land.ca to learn more.