Land Acknowledgements

"looking up the main trunk at the limbs and leaves""Queen’s University is situated on Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.”

You may have heard this spoken, but do you know what it means? Land or territorial acknowledgments have become increasingly common in Canada, but can be challenging to do authentically. The Office of Indigenous Initiatives has a good resource and also offers workshops. To learn more about the history of the land known as Canada and the land known as Kingston, a few starting places include:

Video: Land Acknowledgments

In this video we go over some the basics: what is a land acknowledgement and what is its purpose? We then explore some of the complexities and controversies around land acknowledgements such as “check-box” performative statements. We also discuss 4 different levels of engagement with land acknowledgments described by Stewart-Ambo and Yang (2021) and offer some potential action items for each.

Video: Meaningful Land Acknowledgements

Video by Lindsay Brant, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Two useful critiques of land/territorial acknowledgements are:

âpihtawikosisân, “Beyond territorial acknowledgments”.

Hayden King on writing Ryerson’s land acknowledgment