Land Acknowledgment

Our naming of the traditional territories and lands comes primarily from, and we may not have gotten it totally right. Please contact us if you have feedback on this Land Acknowledgement.

OHRN’s offices are located in what is known by many today as Toronto – the traditional territories of several Indigenous nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples.

Our work takes place across Ontario, which includes the ancestral and current homes of numerous and diverse Indigenous peoples.

Our member agencies in Northern Ontario are on the territories of the Cree, Anishnabeg, Michif Piyii (Métis), Moose Cree, Abitibiwinni Aki, and Algonquin peoples.

Our member agencies in South Eastern Ontario are on the territories of the Algonquin, Anishinabewaki, Wendake-Nionwentsio, Mississauga, Haudenosaunee, and Odawa peoples.

Our member agencies in South Western Ontario are on the territories of the Mississauga, Attiwonderonk (Neutral), Anishinabewaki, Haudenosaunee, Odawa, Myaamia, Wendat, and Ojibway/Chippewa peoples.

Harm reduction is grounded in place – the specific contexts of the specific areas where we each work. We recognize these contexts are fundamentally shaped by the historic and contemporary presence and activities of Indigenous peoples. These contexts are also influenced by colonial, racist and classist drug laws and policies.

While those of us working in harm reduction support individual people who use drugs and their communities, we must also address and change the unjust systems that continue to negatively and disproportionately affect Indigenous peoples.