beyond land acknowledgements
The following land acknowledgement was developed as part of my Indigenous studies course through Queen's University. The course provided clarity around my role as a settler ally, enhanced my understanding of the immensely important work that must be done to increase awareness of the challenges Indigenous peoples endure and offered insight into how I contribute to the dissolution of systems that continue to oppress.
It is with the deepest respect and reverence that I share the following land acknowledgement.
I am deeply grateful to currently live, study, and work in the Niagara Region which is situated upon the traditional territories of the Hatiwendaronk, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe peoples, including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. It’s essential to further acknowledge that this land was colonized by Treaty 3 and 381, with the Between the Lakes Purchase, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation AND the Niagara Purchase, 1781, between the Crown and certain Anishinaabe peoples, respectively.
As a settler on treaty land, I acknowledge the essential reconciliation and decolonization processes required for Indigenous peoples to heal and reclaim their land and sovereignty, and the importance of settler allies.
As a settler on treaty land, I commit to engaging with the land and its diverse Indigenous peoples with peacefulness and reverence.
In honour of the Two Row Wampum first agreed upon in 1613 between the Dutch and Haudenosaunee, I commit to listening, learning, respectfully supporting and walking alongside Indigenous peoples to establish a more harmonious relationship based on peace, respect, and friendship.
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