The Peer Medical Foundation (PMF) acknowledges that Indigenous peoples are the traditional guardians of Turtle Island, on the land also known as Canada. We recognize their long standing and ongoing relationship with this territory, which includes unceded and traditional land, and acknowledge our duty to walk with and alongside reconciliation and decolonization efforts.
PMF is situated on the traditional, ancestral, unceded lands of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and more specifically, on the land of the Mohawks. The colonizers that initially settled here on Indigenous land committed acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing as they stole the land of the Haudenosaunee and other Indigenous peoples across Canada, and the Canadian government continues to commit genocide to this day.
We recognize that as settlers on this land, we must continue to engage along our journey to meaningfully enact allyship, while reconsidering our positionality in the spaces we occupy. We acknowledge that reconciliation is an ongoing process, and that it requires us all to unlearn colonial practices, history and relearn our shared past, present and future.
At PMF, we are committed to pursuing a more inclusive, collaborative and respectful path grounded in the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
We are dedicated to doing our part to facilitate the healing of Indigenous Peoples and communities across Canada, as well as the achievement of health equity for Indigenous Peoples, and encourages everybody attending our events, workshops and activities to reflect on the past and present circumstances of Indigenous Peoples, as well as what we can each do to help these communities.