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Jenny Blackbird drumming at Emmanuel College Colloquium March 2020

Acknowledgement of Traditional Land

As we gather together, we acknowledge and respect this sacred land on which Victoria University operates. It has been a site of human activity for thousands of years. This land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit.

The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishnawbe nations1 to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.

Today, Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island2 and we are encouraged to continually strengthen our relationships among all living beings and with this land. 

This acknowledgement was adapted from a revised acknowledgement by the Elders Circle at the University of Toronto from November 6, 2014.

1. The Dish with One Spoon, Indiana Time, Aug. 5, 2010
2. North America is also known as Turtle Island