The Nanos team respects the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples. With offices in Ottawa and Toronto, we acknowledge that Indigenous Peoples are the original inhabitants of the un-ceded Algonquin Anishinabe territory now known as the City of Ottawa, and the City of Toronto which acknowledges the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The City also acknowledges that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.

We believe that the Indigenous values of respect, trust, and truth should be part of every research project.

We are committed to the journey of healing and reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and all Canadians in Canada. We acknowledge and accept our responsibility for truth-telling and reconciliation, and commit to these specific steps to advance that journey:

  1. To conduct research in a manner that is respectful and promotes trust which is consistent with Indigenous values;
  2. To create opportunities for the Nanos team to learn about the history, worldviews, and cultural practices of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and to gain a better understanding of the history of the land on which we reside and our place within that history;
  3. To implement employment practices that ensure that opportunities for employment are open to Indigenous Peoples;
  4. To strive to look toward positive change by finding ways to address Indigenous-related myths and misconceptions;
  5. To read the 94 ‘calls to actions’ set forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and;
  6. To read the 231 ‘calls to justice’ in the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

As part of our support for Reconciliation, Nanos is raising funds for the Carleton Indigenous Enriched Support Program (IESP).

This program supports the educational aspirations and success of Indigenous youth. It runs a mentorship program that matches Carleton Indigenous students with Indigenous youth at elementary and high schools. The program strengthens educational opportunities for Indigenous youth across critical developmental periods. Many of the students who receive mentoring are facing tremendous challenges in their personal lives —issues of poverty, homelessness, early parenthood, and, in some cases, abuse. Student mentors offer a source of stability and support that can create defining moments in times of major life decisions, such as the choice to stay in school. Mentors share valuable learning experiences and offer practical advice to students. Beyond supporting elementary and high school youth, this program builds mentors’ leadership capacity and confidence.

To read more about this initiative, please visit the following link: Indigenous Enriched Support Program (IESP) School Mentoring Fund | Carleton FutureFunder