What is a land acknowledgment?
A land acknowledgment is a precise statement that acknowledges the Indigenous Peoples who are the stewards of the land in that traditional territory. It is a respectful and meaningful way to acknowledge the treaties that cover that location.
City of Hamilton Land Acknowledgment
The City of Hamilton is situated upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, which was an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Purchase, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
Today, the City of Hamilton is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island (North America) and we recognize that we must do more to learn about the rich history of this land so that we can better understand our roles as residents, neighbours, partners and caretakers.
Why is a Land Acknowledgment important?
Land acknowledgments are essential in moving forward on a path to reconciliation. Land acknowledgments are influenced by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action in acknowledging the first occupants of this land. Land acknowledgments are also important in educating the broader public on the significance of the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and their territories.
When do we use a Land Acknowledgment?
Land Acknowledgment’s are normally used at the beginning of events, meetings, lectures and other public events. We must acknowledge the land we live, work and play on as it’s essential in the path to reconciliation as well as developing respectful and meaningful relationships with the local First Nations surrounding Hamilton.
How do we use a Land Acknowledgment?
Land Acknowledgments are often done verbally however there is an option to play a recorded version. It is crucial that the pronunciation of the nation’s names is correct. If you are having difficulty please refer to the video.
The City of Hamilton is covered by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant as well as the Between the Lakes Pur-chase, 1792 which was an agreement between the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Crown.
Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant
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.