I am thankful for the stewardship of the land for thousands of years by the First Nations.  I feel privileged to be able to paint this beautiful land we call Toronto with all of its diverse plants, animals and people of every race. Now I will join Toronto school children in saying “We acknowledge we are hosted on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Wendat. We also recognize the enduring presence of all First Nations, Métis and the Inuit peoples” "Nous reconnaissons que nous sommes accueillis sur les terres des Mississaugas des Anichinabés, de la Confédération Haudenosaunee et du Wendat. Nous voulons également reconnaître la pérennité de la présence des Premières Nations, des Métis et des Inuit."