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First Queen’s Remembers plinth unveiled

  • Principal Daniel Woolf speaks at the unveiling of the first Queen's Remembers plinth. These monuments are designed to help staff and faculty, students, and other visitors to the campus form a more complete picture of the history of Queen’s. (University Communications)
    Principal Daniel Woolf speaks at the unveiling of the first Queen's Remembers plinth. These monuments are designed to help staff and faculty, students, and other visitors to the campus form a more complete picture of the history of Queen’s. (University Communications)
  • Principal Daniel Woolf and Director of Indigenous Initiatives Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill) unveil a plinth honouring the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee peoples, upon whose traditional lands Queen’s is built. (University Communications)
    Principal Daniel Woolf and Director of Indigenous Initiatives Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill) unveil a plinth honouring the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee peoples, upon whose traditional lands Queen’s is built. (University Communications)
  • Marlene Brant Castellano, Co-Chair, Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University, talks about the significance of the plinth that was unveiled on Monday, Oct. 13. (University Communications)
    Marlene Brant Castellano, Co-Chair, Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University, talks about the significance of the plinth that was unveiled on Monday, Oct. 13. (University Communications)
  • The plinth, which includes a concrete base and a six page book, is the first in a series of monuments to be unveiled across campus as part of the “Queen’s Remembers” initiative. (University Communications)
    The plinth, which includes a concrete base and a six page book, is the first in a series of monuments to be unveiled across campus as part of the “Queen’s Remembers” initiative. (University Communications)

Visitors to Queen’s University now have a new resource to educate them about the traditional inhabitants of what we know today as the Kingston area.

On Monday afternoon, Principal Daniel Woolf and senior executives; Indigenous leaders including Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill) and Marlene Brant Castellano; and members of the Queen’s, Kingston, and local Indigenous communities gathered to unveil a plinth dedicated to the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee peoples. The plinth, which includes a concrete base and a six page book, is the first in a series of monuments to be unveiled across campus as part of the “Queen’s Remembers” initiative led by Principal Woolf.

“This is a heartfelt recognition that, before these limestone buildings were here and before the first class sat, these were the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples,” says Principal Woolf. “For too long, our country’s misrepresentation of history and mistreatment of Indigenous Peoples has been hidden from view, only to perpetuate and contribute to their suffering. To move forward in healing, we must again acknowledge Queen’s own history as an institution that participated in a colonial tradition that caused great harm to Indigenous people.”

As part of today’s launch, a Queen’s Encyclopedia page has been launched regarding the Queen’s Remembers initiative.

Please stay tuned for news about future Queen’s Remembers plinths to be unveiled in the coming months.