Aboriginal Student Office

Statement of Acknowledgement of the Traditional Territory

The following statement is meant to be used by anyone who wishes to acknowledge the traditional inhabitants of the territory on which the Augustana Campus is located and does not have their own words to do so:

We [I] wish to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is Treaty 6 territory and a traditional meeting ground for many Indigenous peoples. The territory on which the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta is located provided a travelling route and home to the Cree, Blackfoot, and Métis, as it did for the Nakoda, Tsuu T’ina, Chipewyan, and other Indigenous peoples. Their spiritual and practical relationships to the land create a rich heritage for our learning and our life as a community.

It is meant to be used, for instance, as part of the words of welcome for conferences and public events held on campus, or as part of written documents such as websites, brochures, or papers. Professors may also wish to use it during the first class of the semester. All are encouraged to use it, to adapt it to their audience, or to use their own words if they so desire, if they wish to make such an acknowledgement.

To acknowledge the traditional territory is to recognize its longer history, reaching beyond colonization and the establishment of European colonies, as well as its significance for the Indigenous peoples who lived and continue to live upon this territory and whose practices and spiritualities were tied to the land and continue to develop in relationship to the land and its other inhabitants today. This statement also aims to recognize the diversity of First Nations who have, at one time, lived across the territory, as well as the presence of the Métis Nation. This territory is named by the Cree, who have been its most recent inhabitants, as Asiniskaw Sipisis, or Stoney Creek. To acknowledge that this territory is traditionally that of the Cree, Métis, and other First Nations is to participate in establishing a respectful nation-to-nation relationship with them.

Other similar statements exist at the University of Alberta and pertain more directly to the emplacement of the North Campus in Edmonton:

http://www.aboriginalservices.ualberta.ca/AboutUs/CulturalProtocol.aspx

This statement is not meant to replace them or remove them from use, but rather to complement them and offer words that can be used on their own or in combination with others.

For more information or explanations, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Aboriginal Engagement Committee or its chair, Daniel Sims (dcsims@ualberta.ca)

Last Updated on August 21, 2014