This, my friends, is what reconciliation is about.
In 2012, Dragonfly wrote a blog post in response to the oft-heard description of Toronto as “Mississauga territory.” Although technically not untrue — the Mississauga did sign the Toronto Purchase with the colonial government in 1784 — the story of Toronto begins long before European colonization. By prioritizing the Mississauga agreement, we ignore Huron–Wendat and Haudenosaunee ties to the land we now call Toronto — and we superimpose a Eurocentric frame of reference on what is included, not included, and valued in the discussion. CBC contributor Aparita Bhandari picked up on that post to create the 2016 documentary – and here we are, only one year later, with the CBC changing how it describes this place, and its history.
Reconciliation is a process, not a destination or end point. And this is what it’s about: listening, hearing, learning, and changing. Good job, Metro Morning.
Check out the CBC documentary here.
And if you want to check out the blog post that started it all, read it here.