The Lawson Foundation would like to acknowledge that the land on which our office is located is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, the Métis, and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
This territory is also covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.
Today, the meeting place of Toronto (from the Haudenosaunee word Tkaronto) is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to base our work in this territory.
Philanthropy and Reconciliation
The Lawson Foundation is committed to supporting and advancing the work of reconciliation between Canada’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. We see this work as continuous journey and not a destination or goal to be achieved. As we walk the path of reconciliation and decolonization, we are learners and listeners first.
Our journey is grounded in the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Along with a number of other philanthropic foundations and grant-makers, we have also signed the Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action, signalling our commitment to ensuring that positive action on reconciliation continues through our philanthropy and related work.