Bozhoo, hello, bonjour all of my relatives. My name is Stephanie Robb.
I was borne of biological parents who were both born in the land which is the traditional territory of Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabeg Peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. It is now called Barrie, Ontario, Canada. My biological grandparents and great-grand parents are decedents of settlers from Northern Europe and of an unknown Turtle Island tribe, possibly Quapaw or Chahta-Yakni.
I was raised by my adoptive mother, who was born in the unceded territory of the Coast Salish People, now commonly known as Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. My adoptive maternal grandmother is a descendant of French/English settlers and of an unknown Turtle Island tribe, possibly Anishinabek. My adoptive maternal grandfather is a descendant of Celtic Northern Europe.
I was also raised by my adoptive father, who was born in Leeds, England, United Kingdom. His parents are also descendants of Celtic Northern Europe. My adoptive father was the first of his family to settle on Turtle Island, in the traditional and unceded territory of the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk), a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations and is now known as Montréal, Quebec, Canada. He and my adoptive mother met there before they moved to the traditional territory of the Haudensaunee and Anishnaabeg, now known as Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. This territory is also covered by the Upper Canada Treaties, is within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement, and it is where I spent the first twelve years of my life.
I have lived in many places on Turtle Island and sailed the Great Water bodies on both coasts, and when I was a child, upon the . I am grateful to currently staying on and savouring Peskotomuhkati land, which is now stewarded and revered by settler, poet, writer, and retired pilot, Timothy Foulkes, in what is now called Bayside, New Brunswick, Canada, on the Waweig River. I am writing this in the long light of the summer solstice 2020, on Peskotomuhkhati land, which is now lovingly tended and curated by Lucinda Flemer, a gracious member of the Order of Canada, a nationally honoured Canadian philanthropist, and head gardener and artist at the properties now called KIRA and Kingsbrae Gardens.
Chi-miigwech, thank you, merci.