the8fest Small-Gauge Film Festival takes place in Toronto or Tkarón:to, which is part of the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and the ancestral lands of the Annishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Wendat peoples. This land has traditionally been a gathering place, and continues to be the home of many First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Toronto rests within the Dish with One Spoon wampum covenant – a peace agreement that stretches across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region, made between the Haudenosaunee and the Annishinaabe, to unify Indigenous nations. It is an agreement to share and care for the land, waters, and resources of the region – taking only what you need, to keep it clean, and to leave some for the future. As many of us are settlers and guests on this land, it is up to us to respect and take part in upholding this important agreement.
Globally, many of us are situated on land that does not belong to us, and so we ask that you reflect on your presence and impact on the land you are on. To learn more about the Indigenous land which you occupy visit www.native-land.ca.