[ Land acknowledgement ]

Sandy Hill, like all of Ottawa, sits on the unceded and traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation. The ongoing and intergenerational trauma, discrimination and harm First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities have faced have their roots in power centres like Sandy Hill – where colonization, marginalization and systemic racism were entrenched by the laws, attitudes and institutions of various Canadian leaders, with the historical support of broader Canadian society. To understand and address this as part of the PMR initiative requires that the experiences and perspectives of First Nations, Métis and Inuit be central to this project. PMR will work in partnership with the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation to develop a meaningful Land Acknowledgement within the specific context of the PMR initiative. Until that is finalized, PMR has chosen to highlight the Indigenous Affirmation developed jointly between the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation and the University of Ottawa (also located in Sandy Hill). This Affirmation guides, inspires and informs us.

Ni manàdjiyànànig Màmìwininì Anishinàbeg, ogog kà nàgadawàbandadjig iyo akì eko weshkad. Ako nongom ega wìkàd kì mìgiwewàdj.

Ni manàdjiyànànig kakina Anishinàbeg ondaje kaye ogog kakina eniyagizidjig enigokamigàg Kanadàng eji ondàpinangig endàwàdjin Odàwàng.

Ninisidawinawànànig kenawendamòdjig kije kikenindamàwin; weshkinìgidjig kaye kejeyàdizidjig.

Nigijeweninmànànig ogog kà nìgànì sòngideyedjig; weshkad, nongom; kaye àyànikàdj.

We pay respect to the Algonquin people, who are the traditional guardians of this land. We acknowledge their longstanding relationship with this territory, which remains unceded.

We pay respect to all Indigenous people in this region, from all nations across Canada, who call Ottawa home.

We acknowledge the traditional knowledge keepers, both young and old.

And we honour their courageous leaders: past, present, and future.