Land Acknowledgement

The TDSB school land acknowledgement is already very familiar to us because MPC participates in it every day before the anthem. Land acknowledgements are also sometimes used at the start of a course, or before a guest speaker makes a presentation. MPC Library seeks to participate in the school Land Acknowledgement, and honour this tradition through education about it, and promoting it on our website:

Land Acknowledgement

In keeping with indigenous protocol, we would like to acknowledge that this library is situated upon traditional territories. These territories include the Wendat (wen-dat), the Anishinabek (ah-nish-na-bek) Nation, the Haudenosaune (ha-den-oh-sho-nee) Confederacy, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations, and the Métis (may-tee) Nation.

The treaty that was signed for this particular parcel of land is collectively referred to as the Toronto Purchase, and applies to lands east of Brown’s Line to Woodbine Avenue and north towards Newmarket.

We also recognize the enduring presence of Aboriginal peoples on this land. (Speaking Notes)

“Toronto is in the ‘Dish With One Spoon Territory’. The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.” (Land Acknowledgement)

A map showing all of the treaties in Ontario can be found at the following website: https://www.ontario.ca/aboriginal/treaties. (Notes)

If you have any questions about this land acknowledgement, please ask us.  You can find the TDSB document and other resources listed below.  We are committed to ongoing education about the First Nations, our history and our treaties, and to honouring these nations and working with them.

Works Cited

“Aboriginal Education” TDSB.on.ca, 2014, http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Community/AboriginalEducation/Resources.aspx

Aboriginal Education Centre. “Speaking Notes.” 2016. www.tdsb.on.ca/Portals/0/Elementary/Treaty%20AcknowledgementFINAL.pdf

“Land Acknowledgement” Ryerson.ca, 2016, www.ryerson.ca/socialwork/DishwithOneSpoonTerrytory.

Other Resources

Aboriginal Treaties and Relations: Canada in the Making

Aboriginal Treaties by Carolyn Gray (via Tab Vue)

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Library and Archives Canada: Aboriginal Heritage

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada