The city of Thunder Bay or Anemki Wikwed, resides in the Robinson-Superior Treaty territory and has been built on the traditional lands of the Ojibwe people of Fort William First Nation. We also recognize that the Kitchigami or Lake Superior Region was occupied by Indigenous people carrying their traditions and culture for the last 10,000 years.
For a long time, this region was traditionally used as a summer gathering area, just as we are gathered now and we would like to offer our respect and gratitude to the original caretakers of this land: the elders and ancestors - the Ojibwe people, also known as the Anishinaabe, meaning ‘first or original people’. Miigwetch for allowing us to gather here today.
It is also important to recognize that too often, we are seeing acts of violence inflicted upon the Indigenous people in this city. As we move forward, and as we acknowledge this land we are on and the water that sustains us, we must also ensure that we are doing all we can to end this violence against the people who were sent here to protect it.
written by Yolanda Bonnell; performer and playwright originally from Thunder Bay