Land Acknowledgement

FADO Performance Art Centre acknowledges that as settlers, we are not the first to gather in this place where we currently operate, the location where you can find our office and the place where the vast majority of the performances we present are created, witnessed and enjoyed. This land, the place that we now refer to as 'Toronto' is the traditional and unceded territory of many First Nations and peoples including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, living as they were in the North Part of Turtle Island.

This land bound by the Dish with One Spoon treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee. This treaty bound them to share the territory and protect the land. The "Dish" represents what is now southern Ontario, from the Great Lakes to Quebec and from Lake Simcoe into the United States. This treaty tells us that we all eat out of the Dish, all of us that share this territory, with only one spoon. In doing so, we share the responsibility of ensuring the dish is never empty, which includes taking care of the land and the creatures we share it with. Importantly, there are no knives at the table, representing that we must keep the peace.

Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, settlers, newcomers, folks who have been forced to relocate here through slave trades and international forced labour trades, immigrants, refugees, and displaced people have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.