We acknowledge that the land on which we carry out our work in Guelph, Ontario is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, the Attawandaron/Chonnonton, and Haudenosaunee peoples and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. We recognize the significance of the Dish with One Spoon Covenant to this land and offer our respect and gratitude to all the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island who have stewarded, loved, and defended this land for centuries.
We recognize that this land has been a site of occupation for thousands of years and that the effects of colonization continue to be the lived experience of Indigenous peoples. We reflect on the historical and ongoing injustices against Indigenous peoples, and our current participation in colonization. We commit to honoring and respecting the Indigenous communities and lands that we occupy, and to work towards reconciliation, healing, and justice for all Indigenous peoples.
We acknowledge that we are guests on this land and that our work as a wildlife conservation group must be carried out with the understanding and recognition of Indigenous knowledge, values, and perspectives. We commit to learning about the history and ongoing impacts of colonization and taking action to support Indigenous-led conservation initiatives. We seek to build respectful and collaborative relationships with Indigenous peoples while we work to improve local bird conservation in our community.