I respectfully acknowledge that the work I do takes place on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, covered under the Williams Treaties. I am grateful to the Mississauga Peoples for their long-standing teachings and care for this land and recognize my responsibility as a settler on this territory to take meaningful action towards reconciliation.
I recognize the fact that various genders and sexualities were an integral and celebrated part of many Indigenous nations prior to colonization. Queer, trans, and Two-Spirit Indigenous people still exist today despite colonizers’ attempts to erase them. It’s important to know that Europeans’ introduction of homophobia and transphobia to this land is the reason why I work to seek equitable space and provide education to support the liberation for the 2SLGBTQI community.