About the land discussed on this podcast and blog
Catch Me Outside is produced in Toronto. The city's name is an Anglicization of the Mohawk word "Tkaronto," which means "the place in the water where the trees are standing."
Tkaronto is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, who established sophisticated trade routes and settlements on the water and shores of Lake Ontario and its tributaries long before the first white European settlers arrived here.
Tkaronto is covered by Treaty 13, signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaty, signed with multiple Mississauga and Chippewa bands, and millions of non-Indigenous — mostly white — people have benefited from inhabiting this land and consuming its natural resources, as well as from institutions and practices designed to oppress and disefranchise Indigenous people.
Tkaronto is still home to diverse urban Indigenous populations, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.
While this podcast is produced in Toronto, many of the stories featured here will take place thoughout so-called Canada.
These places are the traditional homes and territories of the Inuit and Métis, as well as more than 50 First Nations comprised of Cree, Ojibway, Oji-Cree, Mi’kmaq, Atikamekw, Blackfoot, Dene, Shuswap, Stoney, Mohawk, Gitxsan, Kwakiutl, Michif, Haida, Tlingit, and Kutenai-speaking peoples.
These groups have rich pre-colonization histories and cultural traditions and it is through treaties they signed with the Crown — which were apt to be misleading and were often followed by flat-out betrayals and broken promises on the part of white colonizers — that people in Canada have access to all the forests, lakes, coastlines, rivers, plains and mountains that provide the foundations of our adventures.
If you listen to this podcast, please pay attention to the places mentioned in each episode and take a moment to look at whose traditional territories they are, which treaties govern them and the languages spoken there. You can use resources like Whose Land and Native Land to find that information.
Keep in mind that not all land in Canada is covered by treaties. Many places are considered unceeded territory.