As a food and drink publication centred on and produced in Toronto or T’karonto, we want to take the time to thank and acknowledge the Indigenous peoples who were the first stewards of this land.

We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. We are grateful to be able to operate on this land we occupy as settlers and tell the stories of the food and the people who now call this land home, including many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

At Foodism, we are committed to telling the stories and sharing the dishes and wisdom of Indigenous culinary, beverage and hospitality experts, and centring their voices in T’karonto’s food and drink scene.

In our Foodism 40 celebration, we honoured several Indigenous culinary and tourism leaders to shine a spotlight on their work. We’ve interviewed Indigenous chefs like Joseph Shawana and Johl Whiteduck Ringuette, shared the origins of maple syrup as an Indigenous food and highlighted some of the incredible Indigenous culinary experiences being offered in Canada. We are committed to continuing and improving on this work to showcase Indigenous culinary and hospitality talent, and amplify Indigenous voices.

We send team members to attend conferences like UnBlock, and visit cultural sites like the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre where we continue to further our learning and understanding. Before reconciliation and action, there must be truth, and we are dedicated to our ongoing listening and learning.

In the spirit of our acknowledgement, we invite you to reflect with us on the history of the land that we are on and continue to take steps on the journey toward truth and reconciliation.