Our beautiful lakes and surrounding lands are located in the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg Peoples covered by Treaty 27. As a community we share the responsibility to follow the principles of the Dish with One Spoon. As citizens we have the obligation to honour, care for, and respect the land, water, air, fire, animals, plants and our ancestors.
We are grateful for the opportunity to enjoy Weslemkoon, Otter and the surrounding lakes and lands. We recognize the contributions and historical importance of the Anishnaabeg Peoples, and are committed to acknowledging their direct descendants, the Algonquins of Ontario as the rightful caretakers of the land upon which we live, work, play and enjoy.
As the LWCA, we are responsible for the stewardship of the community and the lands surrounding Lake Weslemkoon. We want to acknowledge that the land and water on which we play and enjoy sustains us, and is a gift from Mother Earth.
Thank you to Noreen from the Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation office in Bancroft For advising us in the creation of our living land acknowledgement. We hope that you take the time to visit the First Nation Office next time you are in town to learn more.
Please enjoy this Historica Canada video in which Richard Hill describes the teaching of a dish with one spoon and shares about the complexities of Haudenosaunee territory, wampum belt teachings, and his work to repatriate material culture to his community.