Mission Services of Hamilton acknowledges the land on which we live and work is located on the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Mississaugas. This territory is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe to share and care for the land and resources around the Great Lakes. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between-the-Lakes Purchase of 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
As an organization founded on the principles of Christian faith, Mission Services recognizes the role of Christian churches in colonialism and the operation of the Residential School System. We are dedicated to creating safe and accessible spaces, services and opportunities for the many Indigenous individuals living on this land and in our community. As part of our work to end violence against women, Mission Services is specifically committed to justice for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls, Two-spirit, Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Queer individuals across Turtle Island.
We recognize and support the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and we strive to include these principles in our work towards ending poverty in Hamilton.