BATL VENUE Land Acknowledgements

BATL operates 18 locations across modern-day North America, allowing our impact to spread to many communities. BATL is an industry leader when it comes to axe throwing, and will continue to set an incredibly high standard for the industry. It is our responsibility as leaders in this space to also uplift and support all in our communities. BATL’s effort and work towards Truth and Reconciliation is an ongoing journey we’re taking as a company. BATL recognizes their settler heritage, and ongoing role in benefiting from a society built on these stolen lands.

We would like to take this opportunity to recognize the communities we have an impact in and lift up their voices. 

Canadian Venues:

TORONTO

BATL operates 3 venues, (Portlands, Stockyards and Vaughan) within treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. These locations operate on Treaty 13 territory. These lands are the traditional lands belonging to many, including the Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat. Learn more about the history of the Toronto Purchase from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation: https://mncfn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/MNCFN-Toronto-Purchase-Specific-Claim-Arriving-at-an-Agreement.pdf 

PICKERING

BATL operates our Pickering Location on the traditional lands of many Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinabeg, and the Huron-Wendat peoples. This land is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

OTTAWA

BATL operates our Ottawa location within the traditional lands and territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin People. The Algonquins of Ontario have entered into an Agreement-in-principle with the Ontario government, as these final negotiations wrap up this may be the first modern day treaty. To learn more visit The Algonquins of Ontario site: www.tanakiwin.com

NIAGARA FALLS

BATL operates our Niagara Falls location within the Treaty and traditional lands of the
Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We recognize this location is part of the Mississaugas Treaty at Niagara. During the American revolution (1781) this land was purchased from the
Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation in exchange for 300 suits of clothing. To learn more about Treaty at Niagara here: https://mncfn.ca/mississauga-cession-at-niagara-1781/

HAMILTON

BATL operates our Hamilton location within the Treaty and traditional lands of the
Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We recognize this location is part of the Between the Lakes Treaty No.3. After the American Revolution (1792) this land was purchased from
Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation for £1180 in trade goods. Approximately 3,000,000 acres of land were transferred during this purchase, this land was used to settle newcomers to the area after the war, and reward Six Nations allies who fought alongside British Loyalists in the war. To learn more about the Between the Lakes Treaty No.3 see this link: https://mncfn.ca/treaty3/

LONDON

BATL operates our London venue on the traditional land of the Anishinabe Mississaugas. Modern day London is built on land that is the ancient home The Neutral Confederacy. It was a union of the Iroquanian nations in south-west Ontario. Their nation was destroyed and any survivors dispersed by the early 1650’s. To learn more about what we know about the people of the Neutral Confederacy click here: https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/neutral  

CALGARY

BATL operates one location in modern-day Calgary. These lands are on Treaty 7 territory and are the traditional lands of the five signing bands the Kainai (Blood), Siksika(Blackfoot), Piikani (Peigan), Nakoda (Stoney), and Tsuu T’ina (Sarcee). Title to Treaty 7 reservation land remains with the Crown to this day. Making Treaty 7 is a non-profit arts organization that explores Treaty 7 relationships with the land, the Crown, and Canada. Explore their stories here: https://www.makingtreaty7.com/

USA Venues:

NASHVILLE

BATL operates our Nashville venue on the traditional lands of the Yuchi People. Once the Yuchi people had been absorbed into other tribes, moved to Oklahoma, or perished due to disease brought over by the Spanish and warfare, the land remained empty for many years, resulting in the Transylvania Purchase in 1775 and the US treaty with the Chichsaw in 1783. Today, the Yuchi people of Oklahoma are working to teach their language to their people. For more information, please visit: https://www.yuchilanguage.org/

CHARLOTTE LOSO & CHARLOTTE PLAZA

BATL operates our Charlotte Loso and Plaza venues on the traditional lands of the Catawba People, residing along the banks of the Catawba River. The Catawba People have a proud history of making pottery and jewelry. Today, Mecklenburg County is where the Metrolina Native American Association operates as the second oldest Urban Indian Center in North Carolina.  To find out more about the Catawba People and their pottery and jewelry, please visit: https://www.catawbaindiancrafts.com/collections/catawba-indian-products

WINSTON-SALEM

BATL operates our Winston-Salem venue on traditional lands of Cheraw, Catawba, Occaneechi, Yesan, and Keyauwee people. Today, the Triangle Native American Society, located in Raleigh, NC, operates as the governing body for the Native American population of the Triangle area. For more information, please visit: https://www.trianglenative.org/

SCOTTSDALE

BATL operates our Scottsdale venue on the traditional lands of the Akimel O’odham (frequently known as Pima or River People), living on the banks of the Salt River and Gila River, and Xalychidom Piipaash” (commonly known as Maricopa or People Who Live Toward the Water). Today, the Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is about 10 minutes away from our Scottsdale Venue. The Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is working toward saving the Onk Akimel O’odham and Piipaash languages by providing language classes, cultural arts classes, and social activities. To learn more, please visit: https://www.srpmic-nsn.gov/government/culturalresources/oplp/

ORLANDO

BATL operates our Orlando venue on the traditional lands of the Seminole and Miccosukee Tribes. Today, the Seminole and Miccosukee Tribes remain in Florida. The Seminole people are currently working with the state and federal governments on the Everglades Restoration Initiative to improve the quality and quantity of water flowing off of the Big Cypress Reservation and into the Florida Everglades. Please visit: https://www.evergladesrestoration.gov/ for more information.

HOUSTON

BATL operates our Houston venue on the traditional lands of many tribes, including the Coahuiltecan, Karankawa, Sanan, and Ishak people.

CHICAGO

BATL operates our Chicago venue on the traditional lands of many indigenous tribes including  Peoria, Potawatomi, Myaamia (commonly known as Miami), Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (pronounced ow-GLAA-luh luh-KOW-tuh), Hoocąk (or Ho-Chunk), and Kaskaskia. Chicago was historically named Chicaugou or the “wild onion” as it was named by the Potawatomi tribe in the 1660s. Under The Chicago Treaty of 1833, the Potowatomi were promised payments and tracts of land west of the Mississippi River in exchange for all land west of Lake Michigan to Lake Winnebago.

NOVI

BATL operates our Novi venue within the Treaty and traditional lands of the Mississaugas Credit First Nation. Peoria (today, a confederation of Kaskaskia, Peoria, Piankashaw, and Wea tribes united into a single tribe in 1854), Potawatomi, Anishinabewaki tribes also lived on this land historically. 

Resources:

Please explore where you live using the map at www.native-land.ca
or download the free Whose Land app to learn what are the traditional territories of where you are standing, what treaties/agreements exist if any, what First Nations are near you, and the geographic locations of residential schools: https://www.whose.land/en/


Our chosen organization to support with donations is Spirit North: empowering Indigenous youth to become unstoppable in sport, school, and life through the transformative power of sport and play: www.spiritnorthxc.ca
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