We acknowledge that we operate on the unceded, ancestral and occupied traditional territory of the Anishinabek Nation: the People of the Three Fires known as Ojibwe (O-jib-way), Odawa (O-dawa) and Pottawatomie (Pot-uh-wot-uh-mee) Nations and furthermore we thank the Chippewas of Saugeen (Sau-ge-en) and the Chippewas of Nawash, (Chip-uh-wahs of Na-wash) now known as the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, who are the traditional keepers of this land.
In some parts of Canada, treaties were signed with First Nations that gave incoming settlers rights to much of the land, while in other areas, few or no treaties were signed. Unceded land was never given or legally signed away to Britain or Canada; it was stolen and continues to be occupied and governed by settlers today.
As we live, work, surf and play, we say Mahalo to the Métis, Inuit and Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island and from around the world, who have stewarded these lands and sacred surf spots for thousands of years. We recognize their amazing resistance, resilience, and strength in the face of ongoing dispossession, colonial violence, and injustice. In particular, we wish for justice to be brought for the murdered and missing indigenous women, children and victims of Canada’s residential school system. We believe that for true healing and harmony to occur, we must end the cycle of oppression, while working together as we move forward in truth and reconciliation. We can be better. We can do better.