The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is grateful for and acknowledges the sacred land on which we work, live and play. The land and waterways in this area have been the site of human activity for over 15,000 years and is ancestral territory called Tkaronto, “where the trees stand in the water.” Tkaronto is a gathering place of many nations and peoples past and present, recorded and unrecorded, including: the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe, including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Tkaronto was subject to the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes, one treaty of so many ignored far too often by settlers. We must also recognize the lived experiences and remarkable resilience of Black, Palestinian, and otherwise colonized peoples and refugees who, with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities, continue to seek liberation and decolonization within the colonial project of Canada.
TAPA encourages you to visit Native Land for details of indigenous territories, treaties and languages and to take action to respect and care for the land, air and water we continue to share. Click here for additional resources.