Truth and Reconciliation

We recognize and honor the experience and knowledge of the Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers and partners who support the work we do as the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation on the historical and traditional territory of many Indigenous nations including the Anishnawbe, and Wendat peoples, and more recently the Missisaugas and Haudenasaunee nations, and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people from across Turtle Island. We also recognize the culture, strength, contributions and resilience of First Nation, Inuit, and Métis people
on these lands.

As settler organization, we have a duty to name and acknowledge our role in the traumatic life circumstances faced by many Indigenous Peoples related to the ongoing and undue burden of colonialism and racism and discrimination. We also recognize the intergenerational traumas caused by the residential school and child welfare systems.

To enable us serve our community, we drive our ideas from the rich wisdom and advice of Rod Michano, who is PWA’s Indigenous Spiritual Advisor and have been utilizing Indigenous practices in resolving conflicts. This and more has been at the insight and vision of Rod and his lifetime companion Agokwa brother.

To further strengthen this work, Rod is to be present on Wednesdays from 1pm to 3pm in the Meditation Space and Fridays for the Indigenous Circle. His work includes the traditional Indigenous practice of smudging the space and individuals as a way of centering your body and soul, encouraging positivity and mindfulness. If the spiritual aspect causes you allergies, discomfort, or affects you in any negative way, please visit us on another day and time.

 

There are other such activities to be implemented and we are committed to keeping you updated when these have been planned.

Toronto PWA

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