Land acknowledgement

I acknowledge that I live on the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun first nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The place where the city of Toronto is located has been a site of human habitation and activity for 15000 years. This land was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant agreed between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to share and care for the land surrounding the Great Lakes.

I acknowledge that I work on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishnaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. Wilfrid Laurier University is located on the Haldimand tract, which includes 6 miles on either side of the Grand River, and which was promised to the Six Nations. Only approximately 5% of the territory promised to the Six Nations is in its control today.

I acknowledge that my family have been uninvited settlers on lands across Turtle Island for more than 150 years. My ancestors have lived on lands spanning from the Miramichi River (Mi’kmaq territory) to Treaty 6 (Niitsitapi, Nakoda and Tusuut’ina) and Treaty 7 (Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, and Nakota Sioux) territories in Alberta;  the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Métis peoples (Treaty one territory in Manitoba); to unceded Musqueam territory in British Columbia. By acknowledging this history, I recognize the violence that makes my presence in these lands possible, along with my responsibilities to confront this violence.


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