Chief R. Stacey Laforme speaks at the Little NHL at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre (formerly the Hershey Centre) to acknowledge the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. “You all are absolutely beautiful and every one of you a warrior. Make some noise and let our ancestors know we’re proud and we’re here! I just like to acknowledge the Creator and the world around us and our place within it. I’d like to pay my respect and acknowledge the many nations who’ve walked this land in the past and those who walk it today and welcome you to the treaty lands of the Mississauga‘s of the Anishinaabe people. It’s good to be here to welcome you, not simply because your athletes and visiting but because you’re stars and each and every one of you is a star. Somebody here thinks that you are the most amazing person on skates to ever exist so it’s good to see all my relations gathered in a circle like this. You give me visions of our ancestors sitting together and you give me hope for the future. You make me very proud to be here and make me remember who I am. These types of events mean more than any PTO meeting, any Chiefs of Ontario meeting, any AFN, any meeting with the government because you are a reminder of the past and every chance we have of the future. Be welcome, have fun, enjoy your stay, make new friends, and remember and never forget the feeling of being gathered as a powerful nation of people you are! Miigwech Chief Laforme

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