If you're reading this as an Indigenous person, I encourage you to reach out.
I know that this can still be improved upon and appreciate feedback. Please feel free to follow along if you would like. This land acknowledgement was created using information on this Native-Land.ca page and links referenced on Native-Land.ca. I would like to thank Allison Jones and others who put the Native-Land.ca page together.
I acknowledge, land acknowledgements "insert an awareness of Indigenous presence and land rights in everyday life". I also acknowledge, land acknowledgements must be accompanied by meaningful actions. "Acknowledgements can easily be a token gesture rather than a meaningful practice". Therefore, I would like to start by "considering what it means to acknowledge the history and legacy of colonialism". I encourage all settlers, including recent arrivants who are reading this page to consider this too. Ask yourself, "what are some of the privileges settlers enjoy today because of colonialism?" I myself have benefited as a smartphone user. Smartphones are sold in a colonial capitalist system that has harmed and continues to harm Indigenous people. I didn't consider this until I heard a land acknowledgement that considered how smartphones unfairly impact Indigenous communities. I'm considering alternatives ways to communicate with others in the future.
Ask yourself, "how can individuals develop relationships with peoples whose territory they are living on in the contemporary Canadian geopolitical landscape?" Ask yourself, "what are you, or your organization, doing beyond acknowledging the territory where you live, work, or hold your events?" Ask yourself, "what might you be doing that perpetuates settler colonial futurity rather than considering alternative ways forward for Canada?" Ask yourself, "do you have an understanding of the on-going violence and the trauma that is part of the structure of colonialism?" We must ask ourselves these important questions as settlers and recent arrivants. I will try to answer these questions by listening to the Indigenous people who live around me. I will build relationships with the Indigenous people who live on these sacred lands by building relationships with local Indigenous nations or organizations and support their work. I will consider how I've impacted and how I may continue to impact Indigenous people. In doing so, I hope I will confront my place on these lands. As I try to answer these questions, I will write my thoughts here for others to consider.
I work on the Land of the Tall Pines, Tkaronto and other unceded territories. The Land of the Tall Pines and Tkaronto is unceded Haudenosauneega (Iroquois), Anishinabek (ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᒃ) and Huron-Wendat territory. I also may work on the unceded Haudenosauneega (St Lawrence Iroquois), Algonquin, Anishinabek (ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᒃ) and Huron-Wendat territory. These lands are all part of treaties (the Land of the Tall Pines is part of Treaty 19, 1818, Tkaronto is part of Treaty 13, 1805 and Toronto Purchase). These treaties have not yet been respected by settlers that stole these lands. As the son of a settler and recent arrivant, I acknowledge the land which I'm on, who are the caretakers of these lands and the treaties which have not yet been respected.
I, Christopher Karas, acknowledge this to disrupt and dismantle colonial structures.
Sources: Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Anishinabek Nation, Nation huronne-wendat, Treaty 19, 1818, Treaty 13, 1805, Toronto Purchase, wikipedia page of St. Lawrence Iroquoians, Algonquin First Nation, Crawford Purchase, 1783, Allison Jones and Native-Land.ca