We operate Six Shooter Records on stolen and un-surrendered land in the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. This land is now home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit. We remember and acknowledge that the initial treaty was an unclear and incomplete agreement, and attempts to clarify the treaty were manipulated for the unfair gain of settlers. There was never a true sale of the territory, which continues to be subject to the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant; an agreement between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and Three Fires Confederacy of the Anishinaabek to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
We recognize that prior to European settlement Tkaton:to (pronounced Gardundo in Mohawk), now know as Toronto was already a settlement. The name means both “The place where the trees stand in the water” and “The Gathering Place”. As part of reconciliation we commit to learning about the traditional lands where we live and work.
We acknowledge and understand that colonial actions such as the treaty making process have directly resulted in inhumane treatment of Indigenous Peoples and undue suffering in the past that continue today.
These sufferings include–
- Starvation and hardship as a result of intentional misinterpretation of treaties (such as the Williams Treaties) that restricted hunting and gathering on the land.
- Harsh colonial measures such as creation of reserves, institution of Indian agents controlling movements and commerce, establishment of residential schools and other methods of stealing of Indigenous children from their families for the purpose of assimilation and genocide.
- Removal of the ability to pursue traditional activities with pride and dignity
- Constrained ability to teach younger generations about traditional lands, waters, languages and cultural practises
- Reduced access to inherited wealth due to unfair financial settlement of land and inadequate financial compensation for this land in later settlements