"Land acknowledgments are a stepping stone to honoring broken treaty relationships"
Canada Day was a little different in 2021, as, many across this country pause to reflect and to grieve alongside Canada's various sovereign indigenous nations.
While reflecting, at Meridian Holistic Health Center we feel it is important to respectfully acknowledge the land on which we live and work as the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk, whose culture has now been erased forever. We also acknowledge the island of Newfoundland as the unceded, traditional territory of the Beothuk and the Mi'kmaq. And we acknowledge Labrador as the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Innu of Nitassinan, the Inuit of Nunatsiavut, and the Inuit of NunatuKavut. We recognize all First Peoples who were here before us, those who live with us now, and the generations to come.
As First Peoples have done since time immemorial, we also strive to be responsible stewards of the land and to respect the cultures, ceremonies and traditions of all who call it home.
As we open our hearts and minds to the past and look toward the future, we commit ourselves to working in a spirit of truth and reconciliation to make a better future for all. We commit to actively listening and learning from Indigenous voices and continue to allow Meridian to be a safe space for people from all backgrounds, cultural identities and paths in life.