The Exhibition Team acknowledges that Queen’s University is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory. We are grateful to live, learn, and play as uninvited guests upon the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Anishinabek Nation.
Acknowledging this traditional territory is to recognize its longer history, one predating the establishment of the earliest European colonies and migrations of peoples from around the globe to this place. 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 spiritualities were tied to the land and continue to develop in relationship to the territory and its other inhabitants today.
This territory is included in the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Confederacy of the Ojibwe and Allied Nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. The Kingston Indigenous community continues to reflect the area’s Anishinaabek and Haudenosaunee roots. There is also a significant Métis community as well as First Peoples from other Nations across Turtle Island present here today.