We invite all guides, outfitters, operators, tourism organizations, and others operating on traditional and ancestral lands to utilize this land acknowledgement and integrate it to provide context and content to guests and visitors.
As an organization, we acknowledge that the adventures we guide in Algonquin Park are situated on the traditional lands of the diverse Algonquin Nation.
We acknowledge that the original stewards of this land include the Anishinabewaki and Huron/Wendat Peoples.
We also acknowledge that the very nature of the wilderness guiding industry is built upon an
appropriation of indigenous knowledge and culture.
Much of the skills, traditions and values required to connect people to nature exist as a by-product of the atrocities that have occurred, and continue to, to the original nations that lived on these lands.
Through the process of stealing land, dissolving culture and displacing people from their traditional and ancestral territory, these skills were absorbed by white-settlers along with the lands we all now dwell and trip upon.
Acknowledging this calls upon us as an organization to engage in our practices in ways that hold these sensitivities to the best of our ability.
For more information on the Algonquin history, please refer to these resources:
Algonquin Park Cultural History
Canadas History - Algonquin Territory
Tanakiwin - History of The Algonquins
Algonquins of Ontario - Our Proud History
Williams 1923 Treaty
Robinson-Huron (Treaty 61, 1850)