The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony acknowledges the sacred land on which the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts and Centre In The Square are located and that we are on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. We honour their stewardship, past, present and future. We recognize that this land has been inhabited for over 15,000 years and that we share this territory through a spirit of peace, friendship and respect.
Land Acknowledgement Practice
As the flagship arts organization in Waterloo Region, committed to using the unique power of orchestral music to build a strong, diverse community, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony takes seriously our opportunity to create change and understanding.
Inspired by the 94 recommended calls to action contained in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (now known as the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, or NCTR), land acknowledgements are a small but necessary first step to acknowledge the history and legacy of colonialism. They are an honest and historically accurate way to recognize and honour the original occupants of a place. They commemorate and help Canadians recognize and respect indigenous peoples’ principal kinship to the land.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is committed to making our land acknowledgements genuine and meaningful. A printed acknowledgement will be included in our House Programs and on our website. Acknowledgments will be delivered verbally in-person from the stage when they can be performed in a meaningful way that is connected to the artistic ambitions of the performance. When land acknowledgments are to be included in a performance, we will use our regular communication channels to ensure our audiences know what to expect and when.
As with all of our artistic offerings, our goal is to present an opportunity for reflection and conversation with the hopes of creating change and understanding to increase everyone’s sense of belonging in community.