I acknowledge, with respect, that I am a settler-artist living and working in the city of Kitchener-Waterloo, which is located on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations of the Grand River that included six miles on each side of the Grand River. This land is the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples.
I also acknowledge that before coming to Kitchener-Waterloo, I lived and worked in the city of Orillia and before that, I lived and worked in the city of Toronto, where I was born. Orillia is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg and includes the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy; Toronto is located on the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, the Objiway, the Anishabe, and, in particular, the Mississaugas of the New Credit.
As a settler-artist, I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to live and work across these land, and I thank all the generations of people who have cared for them – for thousands of years.