First Nation, not-for-profits, and municipalities are collaborating on an important Species at Risk Conservation project called Maamwi Anjiakiziwin – Together, Land, Renewal, Life. It is our hope that we can improve collaborative relationships resulting in better decisions and directions for how we, as humans, use and benefit from the coast, in order to better conserve and steward these lands and waters for Species at Risk.
Designated as a Federal Community Nominated Priority Place, funding has been provided by a range of sources and distributed to multiple communities and groups to enable participation in this project.
This project has been named Maamwi Anjiakiziwin, which combines the words and meanings of Together, Land, Renewal, and Life. One of the key purposes of this project is to engage in cross cultural learning and apply a ‘Two Eyed Seeing’ approach to our work; when we improve our understanding, respect and relationships with each other, our understanding and relationships with the land will also benefit.
The Maamwi Anjiakizin collaboration and project work recognizes that we are located on Anishinabek territory. Indigenous peoples in the area are of Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi lineage who are united by a common language, kinship and clan memberships. Mohawk people from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy also reside in the area and have historical connections to both southern and eastern Ontario. The region is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.
We respect and recognize the inherent rights and governance of the Anishinabek pre-confederation. We also acknowledge the rights of the Anishinabek as legally recognized in the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850 and Williams Treaty of 1923.
We are committed to our responsibility of relationship building with Indigenous Peoples, knowledge, and ways of being. We want to acknowledge that this work continues to exist because of Indigenous resilience since time immemorial. We acknowledge and thank First Nations partners and co-workers for sharing their knowledge with us, and we look forward to continuing walking a path together.
We are grateful, Mother Earth.