Rural Response for Healthy Children (RRHC) acknowledges that we are located on the traditional lands of the Ojibway Chippewa of the Anishnaabe group of Indigenous peoples.
As we gather, we are reminded that RRHC, and Huron County, is on territory that is covered by Crown Treaty Number 29, known as the Huron Tract Purchase of 1827, and Treaty 45.5, known as the Saugeen Tract Purchase of 1836.
We acknowledge that legislation, policies, and attitudes that were racist and oppressive, including policies that resulted in generations of family separation, negatively impacted the health and well-being of Indigenous families. We acknowledge that the legacy of such racism and oppression is trauma that continues to harm families today, and that present-day racism and oppression compound the harms experienced by Indigenous families.
We are committed to learning and listening to Indigenous ways of healing and promoting culturally respectful family well-being practices.
We are committed to learning how to identify racism and oppression so that we may name it when we see it.
We are committed to the Truth & Reconciliation process, to implementing the Truth & Reconciliation Calls to Action, and to supporting improvement in Indigenous communities.
We are committed to our responsibility for the stewardship of the land on which we live and work, as well as our responsibility in recognizing settler privilege and colonialism.
We recognize and deeply appreciate the Indigenous historic connection to this place, and the agreement with the Crown of Canada to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.