AtParkway, our land acknowledgement is meant to honor and recognize the original caretakers of the land Parkway operates on. It is also a commitment to continue to learn about the past as well as ways we are able to support and serve our indigenous communities throughout London, Ontario and Canada.
It is our intent to continue to bring in more native cultivars to the garden centre in hopes of promoting a sustainable eco system that is made up of plants that grow naturally in our area.
We are making the commitment to express our Land Acknowledgement at the beginning of planning and start of season meetings with our permanent and seasonal student staff. We hope to encourage others to begin to learn as much as they can about our indigenous communities and how they too can become caretakes to the land that we all share.
Parkway has developed two versions of the Land Acknowledgement statement for written use and to be used during meetings and speaking events.
LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. VERSION 1
We acknowledge that Parkway Garden Centre is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek (Ah-nish-in-a-bek), Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-no-show-nee), Lūnaapéewak (Len-ahpay- wuk) and Attawandaron (Add-a-won-da-run) peoples, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. With this, we respect the longstanding relationships that Indigenous Nations have to this land, as they are the original caretakers. We acknowledge historical and ongoing injustices that Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) endure in Canada, and we accept responsibility as a business to contribute toward revealing and correcting miseducation as well as renewing respectful relationships with Indigenous communities through our business activities and community service.
LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. VERSION 2
We/I acknowledge the Anishinaabek (Ah-nish-in-a-bek), Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-no-show-nee), Lūnaapéewak (Len-ahpay- wuk) and Attawandaron (Add-a-won-da-run) peoples, whose traditional lands we are gathered upon today.