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The Use of Territorial Acknowledgements by Settler Educators and Organizers

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Le Salon 1861

550 Rue Richmond

Montréal, QC H3J 1V3

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Public events are sometimes opened with a recognition of the Indigenous custodians of the lands on which we live and work. This can happen in a variety of ways, including through a territorial acknowledgement read at the onset of gatherings. Beyond this delivery, what does a land acknowledgement represent as an educational tool in relation to our shared history and current socio-political landscape? Is it enough to read an acknowledgement or should it lead to further steps and shifts in educational approaches?

This public conversation will use Concordia University’s recently approved Territorial Acknowledgement as a starting point (see below). It is held for and by settler educators and organizers who are invested in holding themselves and each other accountable for their role in the context of settler dominated spaces based in Indigenous lands. How can settler educators and organizers use land recognitions as a starting point to solidarity work?

While this conversation is held for settler educators and organizers, Indigenous peoples and non-settlers are most welcome to attend. This conversation will be held using the University of the Streets Café approach. All are welcome to share. All are asked to listen.

I acknowledge that Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters we now call Montreal. Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal) is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

Accessibility: Salon 1861 is accessible via a ramp. Outside doors are not equiped with a push-button. Washrooms are gender-binary and are equiped with wheelchair accessible stalls.

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Light snacks will be served at this event.

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