Statement on Acknowledgement of Traditional Land
We would like to acknowledge this sacred land on which the University of Toronto operates. It has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years. This land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River.The territory was the subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. Today, the meeting place of Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island* and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.
Revised by the Elders Circle (Council of Aboriginal Initiatives) on November 6, 2014.
replicated from: https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/fnh
* Redundantly for many: “Turtle Island” comes from the Indigenous Creation story according to which Skywoman falls and lands on a turtle’s back. The turtle’s back becomes her land, country, and world. The expression is generally thought of as referring to “North America”.