The CIS Ontario community, as settlers, is grateful for the opportunity to gather in person and virtually from across the province, and we thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land - for thousands of years. We acknowledge that 46 treaties and other agreements cover the territory now called Ontario. We are thankful to be able to work and live in these territories. We are grateful to the First Nations, Métis and Inuit people who have cared for these territories since time immemorial and continue to contribute to the strength of Ontario and to all communities across the province.
As settlers, this recognition of the contributions and historic importance of Indigenous peoples must also be clearly and overtly connected to our collective commitment to make the promise, the challenge and the opportunities of Truth and Reconciliation real in our school communities.