I acknowledge that Fanshawe College is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Lotinuhsyuní and Lenape people of southwestern Ontario as the traditional owners and custodians of the lands and waterways where Fanshawe College is located.
With this, I respect the longstanding relationships that Indigenous Nations have to this land, as they are the original caretakers. I acknowledge historical and ongoing injustices that Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) endure in Canada, and I accept responsibility as an employee of the College to contribute toward revealing and correcting miseducation as well as renewing respectful relationships with Indigenous communities through teaching, research and community service.
I acknowledge that the mandatory attendance at Residential School has harmed Indigenous people (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) for many, many years and an open education resource like this one doesn’t begin to address the harm committed to and against First Nation, Métis and Inuit people. I am committed to learning about the harm committed to First Nation, Métis and Inuit people and sharing that with learners to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself. I am committed to the Truth and Reconciliation, in particular the Commission’s Calls to Action number 6, “I call on the government to repeal Sec. 43 of the criminal code”. This is the area that permits a caregiver or person standing the place of a caregiver such as a teacher to use physical force by way of correction on a child.
Fanshawe celebrates the continuous living cultures of original inhabitants of Canada and acknowledges the important contributions Indigenous people have and continue to make in Canadian society. The College respects and acknowledges our Indigenous students, staff, Elders and Indigenous visitors who come from many nations.