Understanding and Learning Indigenous Protocols through the Land Acknowledgment
As York University embarks on a welcome and broad based initiative to make the university a more hospitable place for Indigenous students, staff, visitors and scholars, it becomes increasingly important to acknowledge Indigenous protocols. Observing and acknowledging protocols will assist York University in building respectful dialogue and in facilitating/establishing relationships with Indigenous communities, organizations and peoples.
We recognize that many Indigenous Nations have longstanding relationships with the territories upon which York University campuses are located that precede the establishment of York University. York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat. It is now home to many First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region.