The provincial office of Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan is located on Treaty 6 territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Dene and Saulteaux, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. We are grateful for their stewardship of the land and their hospitality which allows us to live, work and serve God the Creator here.
As a Christian organization committed to the ministry of reconciliation, we acknowledge the harms committed to the Indigenous peoples of this land by those of us who have settled here. We wish for ourselves, our Indigenous neighbours and future generations to live in peace, justice and sufficiency. We express our resolve to work together to help bring about these conditions by addressing the issues that history has left to us.
This acknowledgement reaffirms our treaty relationship with each other. We are all Treaty People.
Through this Treaty Land Acknowledgement MCC Saskatchewan states our…
- Commitment to walking alongside Indigenous people seeking reconciliation.
- Dedication to ensuring that the spirit of reconciliation and the intentions of Treaty 6 are honored and respected.
- Responsibility to join our Indigenous Neighbors in taking care of this land and advocating for just policies that allow its protection.
- Confession that we who are settlers here have inherited and perpetuated a heritage of injustice, exploitation, and violence. We recognize this heritage with deep sadness and believe that our colonial past did not align with our understanding of God’s vision for shalom.
- Recognition of the long and rich history that predates the establishment of European colonies and acknowledges the territory’s significance for the first people who lived and continue to live here.
- Gratitude for the land we are on which has benefitted members of our constituency in ways that have made our work possible.
Note: A Treaty Land Acknowledgement Ceremony will take place at the MCC Saskatchewan office (600 45th Street West, Saskatoon) on Friday, March 6th. The formal program will start at 10:30am, which will include speeches and the unveiling of the Treaty Land Acknowledgment. Afterward, we will celebrate with a potluck feast which will include the traditional foods of both Indigenous and Mennonite communities.
All are welcome and encouraged to bring a traditional dish to share.