Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre

[Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre]
[Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre]

Queen’s University is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.

This 'acknowledgement of territory' statement is an institutional recognition of the traditional inhabitants of the land on which Queen’s University is located.

This statement can be used as part of written documents, including websites and emails.

It can also be used as part of words of welcome at campus events. Instructors may wish to use it during their first class of a semester. One option is:

"To begin, let us acknowledge that Queen’s is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory. We are grateful to be able to be live, learn and play on these lands."


To acknowledge this traditional territory is to recognize its longer history, one predating the establishment of the earliest European colonies. It is also to acknowledge this territory’s significance for the Indigenous peoples who lived, and continue to live, upon it and whose practices and spiritualties were tied to the land and continue to develop in relationship to the territory and its other inhabitants today. The Kingston Indigenous community continues to reflect the area’s Anishinaabek and Haudenosaunee roots. There is also a significant Métis community and there are First people from other Nations across Turtle Island present here today.

To read more about the history of the land, see the Queen's Encyclopedia 

Members of the campus community are encouraged to print a copy of this poster that acknowledges the traditional territory, and post it in their unit.

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