Our commitment to reconciliation

Advancing education and awareness

Recognizing the continued impacts of colonialism and leaning into our responsibility to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action.

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Land acknowledgements

Habanero is a settler-owned company operating on Indigenous Territories across what is now called Canada. We acknowledge the historical and ongoing presence of Indigenous Nations as the original stewards of the land and honour their inherent kinship beliefs. These statements serve to ground us in our journey towards reconciliation and remind us of our responsibilities to create a more just future for everyone.

Calgary

Calgary

Our Calgary office operates on Treaty 7 territory. The land is known by many names, including Moh'kinsstis (Blackfoot), Wincheesh-pah (Nakoda), Otos-kwunee (Cree), Kootsisáw (Tsuu'tina), and Klincho-tinay-indihay (Slavey), which describe the curve where the Elbow and Bow Rivers meet.

This land is the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani First Nations), the Îethka Nakoda Wîcastabi First Nations (compromising the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations) and the Tsuut’ina First Nation. It is also home to the historic Northwest Métis and to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.

First Nations signatories of Treaty 7 understood it at the time to be a peace treaty that promoted harmonious cohabitation in exchange for a series of promises. None thought that it was a land surrender. Without accurate linguistic interpretation and cultural competence, the Canadian government codified a misunderstood arrangement.

We acknowledge our responsibility as settlers to seek out, learn and share this history and honour Indigenous perspectives of Treaty 7.

Toronto

Toronto

Our Toronto office is located on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe, the Chippewa, the Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

Toronto itself is a word that originates from the Mohawk word “Tkaronto,” meaning “where there are trees in the water.” It refers to the stakes that people drove into the river narrows to create enclosures to catch fish. Originally used for a location north of the city, the name migrated south along a portage route to Lake Ontario.

This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum, a covenant between the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and allied nations to share and care for the land in the same way that people would share a meal – by keeping the dish clean, taking only what is needed, and leaving something for others to ensure the dish is never empty.

As people who live and work on this land, we acknowledge our responsibility to honour the spirit of this agreement with respect and humility.

Vancouver

Vancouver

Our Vancouver office is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. The way we characterize the People’s relationship to these lands is important:

  • Traditional: recognizes that the lands have been traditionally used and/or occupied by the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples.
  • Ancestral: describes how the land has been handed down from generation to generation.
  • Unceded: means that the land was never legally given up to the Crown through a treaty or other agreement.

We acknowledge that the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh have lived here since time immemorial and have a long-established history of settlement, stewardship of the land and harvesting of resources. They will will always retain their jurisdiction and relationships with the territory.

Remote office locations

Remote office locations

Habanero employees also work remotely from many locations across Turtle Island, including Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Treaty 1 Territory, home of the Ininew, Anishinaabe, and Dakota peoples, and in the National Homeland of the Red River Métis; Penticton, British Columbia, the traditional unceded Territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation; and Smoky Lake, Alberta, the Territory of Dene, Cree, Nakota Sioux and Saulteaux Nations under Treaty 6. We acknowledge the traditional owners and caretakers of those lands.

About these statements

About these statements

These land acknowledgements were developed in consultation with Habanero’s Equity and Belonging team, with information available from the City of Calgary, Calgary Public Library, Toronto Public Library, United Way, City of Vancouver and University of British Columbia and feedback from Indigenous scholars and community members.

These statements are a work in progress and may evolve as we continue to learn. We’re open to suggested changes, additions and other feedback from Indigenous communities. If you have any questions or comments, please share them with us.

Why this matters to us

Truth

Exploring our relationships to land as settlers, newcomers, refugees and Indigenous people who recognize the ongoing harms of colonialism.

Respect

Understanding and honouring Indigenous people as members of specific nations, with distinct histories and lands of their own.

Responsibility

Assuming collective responsibility for repairing our relationships with the lands and all living beings.

Equity

Ensuring equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities and that Habanero is a welcoming space for all people.

Learning

Taking responsibility for learning the history and legacy of residential schools, the Treaties, and the rights of Indigenous peoples.

Resilience

Dedicating ourselves to a lifelong process of growing, falling down and continuing to show up with humility and critical self-reflection.

Where are we going from here?

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action lays out concrete ways that governments and institutions at all levels can redress some of the gaps and inequities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Habanero is focused on Call to Action 92, advancing education and awareness on the history and legacy of residential schools, Treaties and Indigenous rights. This is a long-term endeavour that will evolve as we continue to develop our cultural competencies.

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Resources

These are some of the resources we’ve been working with to learn more about Indigenous histories and the impact of colonialism.

Our commitment to reconciliation

Learn how Habanero is responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action as a settler-owned company operating on Indigenous territories across what is now called Canada.

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