The Leadership Practice Studio recognizes that our work takes place on traditional Indigenous lands across Canada. Our work is founded on the lands of Ontario, which is covered by 46 treaties and other agreements, such as land purchases by the Crown signed between 1781 and 1930. Treaties are the legally binding agreements that set out the rights, responsibilities and relationships of First Nations and the federal and provincial governments. Please use this interactive map to learn which traditional territory you sit on: http://native-land.ca/.
We acknowledge that this is sacred land upon which we are privileged to live and work. As Founder of the Leadership Practice Studio, my work resides on the lands of the St. Lawrence Iroquoians , Ho-de-no-sau-nee-ga (Haudenosaunee) , Anishinabewaki ᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ and Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin). A white settler named this specific place Manotick, for which he ascribed this Ojibwa word that means "island in the river." I have yet to learn what this land was called before being named by this white settler. This is part of my work.
Leadership Practice Studio Faculty are committed to a journey of continuous learning and relationship building that will help honour the interdependent relationship of people and the land. We also recognize our own limitations on this journey. The intention of the Leadership Practice Studio is to decolonize our work, offer a continuum of engagement for Indigenous peoples, and learn into how Indigenous peoples conduct work. We are humbly on a long journey of changing ourselves, our expectations, and our use of power.
Our hope is that as the Leadership Practice Studio unfolds as a place that people want to engage in, that we are in better positions to build Indigenous representation into the Faculty, into the building and design of the work, and possibly into the leadership of what this Studio may become.
We offer this acknowledgment and intentions as part of our journey.