The National Ballet of Canada acknowledges our creative home on the sacred and traditional territories of the Anishinabek, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat. We acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit and the Williams Treaty signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands. We support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the right of Indigenous Peoples.
The National Ballet of Canada recognizes the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples and that Toronto (Tkaronto) - which means 'where there are trees standing in the water' - continues to be home to many Indigenous nations. Toronto has also been called 'the Dish With One Spoon' which means all were and are invited to share, including sharing the responsibility of ensuring the dish is never empty, taking care of the land and the creatures we share it with and that there are no knives at the table, representing that we must keep the peace.
The National Ballet of Canada is grateful to have the opportunity to work, dance and create on these lands and we thank the past, present and future caretakes of this land for their stewardship. We take this as a moment to reflect on our own activities and how The National Ballet of Canada can be part of a community of sharing as we take steps to ensure our practices, artists, staff, volunteers, Board members, patrons and audiences are open to engaging all peoples who live in these territories today and in the future. To this end, the National Ballet is now developing action plans to support this direction.