We acknowledge that Circle's homes are located within the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Toronto is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnaabek, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The land on which Circle’s current and future homes was built exists across multiple treaties. To the West of Woodbine Avenue, Toronto is covered by Treaty 13. To the East of Woodbine Avenue, Toronto is covered by the Williams Treaties. In 2015 the Mississaugas of the Credit submitted a land claim to the government of Ontario, claiming unextinguished title to the lands covered by the Williams Treaties. The Scatter Homes sit on land that exists in this context.
As an organization, Circle is committed to critically looking at what it means to own and operate housing on this land, and how we can support reconciliation and Indigenous sovereignty. We also recognize that our work to better understand our relationship and responsibility to the land is intertwined with making a commitment towards dismantling colonialism, white supremacy, patriarchy, and other forms of oppression. Circle seeks to create new models and approaches in our programming and services that further economic, social, and environmental justice.
Our hope is that this is a process that our Tenants will explore with us. Please contact our Tenant Engagement Department if you would like to be involved.