eMERGE resides on the lands of the Attawandaron peoples and the territories and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Guelph is uniquely positioned on territories that are recognized within the Dish with One Spoon wampum agreement, which is an Indigenous Citizenship Law made between Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe nations in 1701 – and it extends from Montreal to Fort Erie. It has 3 basic rules:
- Take only what you need
- Leave some for everybody else, and
- Keep it clean.
The work that we do here at eMERGE is to fight climate change, but we do it in a variety of ways, such as with helping households in Guelph to lessen their impacts on the environment, in an attempt to encourage families and households to conserve natural resources, keep it clean, whether that be energy or water usage. eMERGE uses these three basic rules in everything that we do.