הִנְנִי מוּכָן וּמְזוּמָּן \ מוּכָנָה וּמְזַמֶּנֶת
לְקַיֵּם מִצְוַת הַכָּרָת רִבּוֹנוּת הָאָרֶץ
Here we are, ready and prepared
to acknowledge the sovereignty of the land as we are commanded
for the sake of unification. The phrase “for the sake of unification” comes from Kabbalistic formulation of intention originated by Rabbi Isaac Luria in the 16th century. The traditional formulation of “I am ready and prepared” is for intention that precedes action, and so is appropriate here, since a land acknowledgment is intended to spur us to concrete action.
וְלֹא יִנָּתְשׁוּ עוֹד מֵעַל אַדְמָתָם
אֲשֶׁר נָתַתִּי לָהֶם
אָמַר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ׃ (עמוס ט:טו).
As it is written:
I will plant them on their land
and they will no longer be removed from their land
which I gave them.
וְהָאָרֶץ לֹא תִמָּכֵר לִצְמִתֻת
כִּי־גֵרִים וְתוֹשָׁבִים אַתֶּם
עִמָּדִי׃ (ויקרא כה:כג).
The land shall not be sold permanently
because the land is Mine,
since you are all immigrants and resident-settlers
according to Me (Leviticus 25:23).
הַכָּרָת רִבּוֹנוּת הָאָרֶץ
is the traditional territory
and sacred land
of many nations
the Mississaugas of the Credit,
and the Wendat peoples.
It is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.
We acknowledge that Toronto is covered
by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit
and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.
This territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant,
an agreement between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas, and Haudenosaunee
to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
Though we as Jews have also suffered
from land displacement
and cultural displacement,
the ways in which we,
as non-indigenous people in this land,
have benefited from colonialism,
former and ongoing,
which has hurt and oppressed First Nations peoples.
We ask for their forgiveness.
This indigenous land acknowledgement was compiled by Dr. Aurora Mendelsohn for her Mendelsohn/Kalikow Family Haggadah (2020) and was adapted from a Land Acknowledgment offered at the Kohenet service held at the Parliament of World Religions, Toronto, November 2018. It reads, “Jews of many backgrounds have experienced a sense of geographical and cultural displacement over the years. We acknowledge our history of displacement, and as importantly, we acknowledge the ways in which we as non-indigenous peoples and settlers have benefited from colonialism, former and ongoing which has hurt and oppressed First Nations peoples. We ask for your forgiveness at this time.” Territories and treaties obtained from the interactive map at https://native-land.ca, which covers Indigenous lands globally. For adapting this acknowledgement to your context, specify your location.
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“הַכָּרָת רִבּוֹנוּת הָאָרֶץ | Indigenous Land Acknowledgement for Toronto, by Aurora Mendelsohn (2020)” is shared through the Open Siddur Project with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.