I am grateful to build a life and grow a practice in Toronto/Tkaronto. This is a place nestled in between many rivers which flow from north to south and into the lake. This lake gives us drinking water.
For a big city, there are many trees, and many medicinal plants, and land is habitat to many species of birds, insects, and animals.
I acknowledge that Toronto/Tkaronto was originally cared for by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat people. This land sits within the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share, care, and protect the Great Lakes region.
I also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit who, just as all Indigenous nations, continue to fight for their treaty and water rights.
I feel very lucky that Chinese Medicine entered my life and that I am able to provide this care for others.
I acknowledge that though I am a multi-raced individual, I likely have no ancestral ties to China. I believe that medicine itself is alive and eventually travels to different people, on different lands, far away from its origins. It is this belief that compelled me to learn this medicine.
I strive to work with this medicine with integrity and respect to the original people that created, developed, and preserved this medicine through the ages.