We are so fortunate to be able to play, explore, achieve, and grow at Onondaga Camp and with this, we respectfully acknowledge that our camp site is located on the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig, the Mississauga and the Anishinaabeg (Curve Lake First Nations).
Summer camps in Ontario have long based much of their program on indigenous practices and traditions. Often this was done without the recognition or appreciation of indigenous communities and further perpetuated harmful stereotypes. It is important that we acknowledge and appreciate that currently we have many programming pieces at Onondaga Camp that are based on indigenous practices, traditions, and technologies.
We must also acknowledge that the name, “Onondaga,” comes from one of the original nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Onondaga Camp got its name because it was originally located on Lake Erie, near Port Credit which is a traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee. The camp moved to its current location on Middle Bob Lake in 1930 and kept the name Onondaga Camp.
As an organization, Onondaga Camp is committed to deepening our understanding and acknowledge our responsibility to reconciliation.