The Red Dress Ball Foundation recognizes the importance of acknowledging the Indigenous lands on which we gather and hold our events. We believe it is equally important for us to take meaningful action toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. This includes being informed and accountable, as well as working towards creating positive and lasting relationships. A land acknowledgment is a small but significant step in this ongoing journey toward reconciliation.

We at The Red Dress Ball Foundation acknowledge the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg, Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, on which we gather as Tkaronto. This land has been a site of human activity for thousands of years and is protected under the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, a peaceable sharing and caring agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg extended to ally colonizer nations.

As settlers/colonizers, it is important for us to acknowledge the harm caused by our ancestors in breaking this covenant and other Indigenous treaties, and the ongoing impact of colonialism, systemic racism, and other forms of discrimination.

The Red Dress Ball Foundation recognizes the disproportionate impact of HIV on marginalized communities, including Black, Indigenous Peoples, people of colour, LGBTQIA+ and Two-Spirit individuals. We are committed to working with Indigenous Peoples on this land to support reconciliation and improve health outcomes for all.


These four organizations support the needs of Indigenous communities in Canada by working towards reconciliation, healing and equity. They each offer unique perspectives and approaches, but share a common goal of uplifting and empowering Indigenous peoples. Whether through cultural revitalization, community-led initiatives, advocacy and education, or health promotion, these organizations are dedicated to creating positive change for Indigenous communities, including women, gender-diverse individuals, and those impacted by HIV. By partnering with these organizations, allies can learn from the valuable experiences and insights of Indigenous communities and contribute to meaningful reconciliation efforts.

Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)

NWAC is a national organization representing Indigenous women in Canada. NWAC is dedicated to promoting, protecting, and advancing the rights of Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people. Discover how you can make a difference by visiting their website and exploring their initiatives.

Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN)

NYSHN is a national organization that works to support the sexual and reproductive health of Indigenous youth across Canada. They provide education, resources, and advocacy on a variety of issues, including HIV and other STIs. Get involved by visiting their website and learning about their programs and services.

Anishnawbe Health Toronto

Anishnawbe Health Toronto is an Indigenous-led health organization that provides culturally-safe health care to Indigenous communities in Toronto. Their focus on traditional healing and health practices, as well as their commitment to health equity, makes them a valuable resource for Indigenous communities and allies alike. Take action and support their mission by visiting their website and discovering opportunities to get involved.


Aunties & Uncles (A&U)

A&U is a Toronto-based organization that provides support and resources for Indigenous LGBTQIA+ and Two-Spirit individuals and their families. A&U is dedicated to promoting the well-being of Indigenous LGBTQIA+ and Two-Spirit individuals, and to creating safe and inclusive communities. Learn more and make an impact by visiting their website and exploring their initiatives.