We Are All Treaty People
Actua’s national office is located on the sacred, traditional unsurrendered and unceded Territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People. As a national organization with members collaborating from coast to coast to coast, we are grateful for the Indigenous nations who have always cared for the land. Actua is committed to ensuring our teams are culturally diverse, and that they reside in many Indigenous territories around the country. As an organization, we recognize and embrace that we are all Treaty people and so we are committed to:
- Respecting and affirming the inherent and Treaty Rights of all Indigenous Peoples across this land.
- Continuous learning about the commitments to self-determination and sovereignty Canada has made to Indigenous Nations and Peoples through the treaty making process.
- Continuous learning about the historical and present day oppression of lands, cultures and the original peoples in what we now know as Canada.
- Understanding how mainstream and Indigenous STEM contributes to the healing and decolonizing journey of youth.
- Our role and responsibility towards Truth and Reconciliation, as well as dismantling oppressive systems that continue to oppress diverse communities (inside and outside of STEM sectors and areas of study).
At this moment, we invite you to take this opportunity (and other opportunities) to reflect on your relationship with the land that you are on, to better understand treaties and how colonization and the oppression of Indigenous people benefited all aspects of Canadian life. We encourage you to learn more about how you may work towards advancing the process of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action.