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In Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

Published June 30, 2021 17:12

Land Acknowledgement

(wording is from the City of London)

We acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Attawandaron, Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, and Lunaapeewak peoples who have longstanding relationships to the land, water and region of southwestern Ontario. The local First Nation communities of this area include Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Oneida Nation of the Thames, and Munsee-Delaware Nation. Additionally, there is a growing urban Indigenous population who make the City of London home. We value the significant historical and contemporary contributions of local and regional First Nations of Turtle Island (North America).

Indigenous Peoples Day Banner

About the image

(from Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada [CIRNAC])

Among the various visual elements illustrating Indigenous cultures, the sun (the summer solstice) is at the center which is at the heart of the festivities. The First Nations, Inuit and Métis as well as the four elements of nature (earth, water, fire and air) are represented in the image and shown opposite. The whole visual is supported by a multicolored smoke* reminding us of Indigenous spirituality but also the colors of the rainbow - symbol of inclusion and diversity of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and their members.

*Smoke is used in different ways by all three Indigenous groups in Canada. Whether it is to smoke fish and meat, to burn sage and tobacco or for sacred ceremonies or celebrations, it is a significant symbol in Indigenous cultures.

Description of the three icons

  • The eagle to represent the First Nations peoples
  • The narwhal to represent the Inuit peoples
  • The violin to represent the Métis peoples

You can download the image in various formats from CIRNAC's website here.

Mental Wellness Support

For Indigenous Community Members:

Additional Mental Wellness Support for all:

  • Call The Support Line - CMHA Elgin-Middlesex * : 519-601-8055 or toll-free 1-844-360-8055.
  • Kids Help Phone - text TALK to 686868, call them at 1-800-668-6868, chat with them online at www.KidsHelpPhone.ca (Adults can also text at WELLNESS to 741741)
  • Kids Help Phone is now offering 24/7 support over the phone in Arabic.1-800-668-6868, press 3 to speak through an Arabic interpreter.
  • Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone (Must be signed into Facebook to use this Messenger tool)
  • Call or text Naseeha - Mental Health Youth Line at 1-866-627-3342 (available 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., every day including weekends)
  • Muslim women can call NISA Helpline - 1-866-315 NISA (1-866-315-6472) (available 12 hours per day, 7 days per week.)
  • Tandem: formerly Crisis Intake Team (CIT): call 519-433-0334 ( London and Middlesex), for 0-18 years and caregivers

Note: The CMHA Elgin-Middlesex Crisis Centre is temporarily relocating to 534 Queens Ave. for six to eight months. At this time, their Huron site will be inaccessible. More details available here: https://bit.ly/3vUH49w

Activities for All

Resources from Indigenous Organizations and Groups

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