Territorial Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and more recently, the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit.  We recognize the significance of the Dish with One Spoon Covenant to this land and offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

Today, this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our important connection to this land where we learn and work.

Acknowledging the Territory

In keeping with Indigenous protocols across Turtle Island, it is appropriate to acknowledge and pay respect to ancestral and traditional territories and local Indigenous communities.  By doing so, we honour the Indigenous ancestors or stewards of the land and speak to our personal or social relationship with the land.

An acknowledgement can be said at formal and casual gatherings of any size and should come at the start of the agenda, before all else to ensure that the event begins in a good way.

Who should say the acknowledgement?

To be meaningful and respectful, a territorial acknowledgement needs to be intentional and should be presented by the main organizer, facilitator or master of ceremonies.  This is a time to give thanks, consider our individual and collective role in the stewardship of Mother Earth and in building relationships with Indigenous people and communities.

The Aboriginal Resource Centre is happy to provide support to faculty, staff and students by reviewing draft acknowledgements.

Beyond acknowledgements

Recognizing Indigenous territory and reflecting on our relationship to the land is significant, however, it is important to not stop there.  We need to strive to build respectful relationships with Indigenous people and communities to enhance our knowledge and learn how we can have an active role in reconciliation.

About this Acknowledgement

We recognize the fluidity of language and that, in the context of this land and community, certain terms are preferred or contested by different Indigenous people and communities.

There are many terms associated with First Nations, Métis and Inuit people and nationhood. Some Aboriginal people identify more closely with their nation or linguistic group, while others prefer the use of their specific community. It is important to be aware of this diversity and it is a best practice to refer to First Nations, Métis and Inuit people and nations with the term that most closely identifies with their ancestors and how they wish to be identified.

For more information regarding this land acknowledgement, please contact the Aboriginal Resource Centre at arc@uoguelph.ca

Treaties 

Between the Lakes Purchase (Treaty 3)
Dish with One Spoon Covenant 

Pronunciation

Anishinaabe - ah-nish-nah-bay
Attawandaron - at-ta-won-da-ron
Haudenosaunee - ho-deh-no-show-nee