September 11, 2020
 
A Land or Territorial Acknowledgement is a tradition that has dated back centuries for Indigenous people, but for many non-Indigenous Canadians, officially recognizing the territory or lands we stand on is a fairly new concept. Many Indigenous people say it marks a small but essential step toward reconciliation. 
 
Starting today, our Rotary club meetings will include this Land Acknowledgement statement, the same one used by our Indigenous Awareness Committee and similar to the one read before Guelph City Council meetings. 
 
As we gather, we are reminded that Guelph is situated on treaty land that is steeped in rich indigenous history and has been home to a variety of peoples over the millennia. Today, this area has become home to many First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. As a community, we have a responsibility for the stewardship of the land on which we live and work. Today, we acknowledge the historic Mississaugas of the Credit, the First Nation people who were the treaty signatories of the territory on which we are meeting.
 
Archaeological evidence indicates that at least 14,000 year ago, Indigenous Peoples were present in the area now known as Guelph. Up until the 15th century, the Anishnaabe people lived, farmed, and hunted in the Guelph area before their settlements moved closer to present-day Hamilton. In 1784 the Mississauga people negotiated the sale of a large tract of land, including the location of present-day Guelph, to the British for £1,180. This transfer of land is covered by Upper Canada Treaty No. 3, 1792. Today, Guelph is home to many First Nations, Métis and Inuit people who have moved to this area from across Turtle Island.
 
Turtle Island is a name for North America, based on a common Indigenous creation story.