Land and Practice Acknowledgement

'We are all a part of the land beneath us, the sky above us, and all that surrounds us’. –Haudenosaunee teaching

DMTAC would like to acknowledge the sovereign land on which we now live and dance together. We acknowledge that this land has been the site of human activity for thousands of years, and is still home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island.

Our operating base, currently located in Toronto, is on the unceded, unsurrendered territory of the Wendat, the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This land is the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, which is an agreement between these Nations to peaceably share and care for the vital land and life around the Great Lakes. As uninvited guests, we seek to honour these obligations of mutual care, not just here in Ontario, but across this vast land.

 

The name 'Canada' likely evolved from the Huron-Iroquois word Kanata meaning 'village' or 'settlement' and as an association largely made up of children to settler parents or practitioners who have journeyed here in our own lifetimes, we are grateful to have the opportunity to live and share our work here.

We also aim to acknowledge and honour the ways Indigenous thought pre-dates and informs our field of practice. Many Indigenous languages are verb rather than noun centered, for example, articulating self-in-relationship and focusing on descriptive doing, process, change, and transformation–as is often our focus in DMT. Employed yet often unreferenced by the field in theory, we acknowledge that movement for healing and practices of storying, journeying, reflexive inquiry, and circle epistemology are central models for meaning-making that have been practiced by diverse cultures here and around the world for millennia.

 

Wherever we are from, and whatever our unique approach to healing, DMTAC is committed to supporting our members and their communities in expressing embodied wisdom, aiming to respectfully uplift and ampify the voices and values of our Host Nations whenever possible.

Please visit and share the following resources we are gathering to ensure we continue moving beyond words:

Indigenous Cultural Safety

On Canada Project