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Land Acknowledgement

Pow wow dances view of feet

Land acknowledgement

We acknowledge that we are gathered on ancestral lands, on Treaty One Territory. These lands are the heartland of the Métis people. We acknowledge that our water is sourced from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation. 

Further Guidance

The University of Winnipeg is committed to partnering with Indigenous Peoples, and expanding knowledge related to the rights and responsibilities of the peoples in this area. Land acknowledgements are an opportunity to create awareness and understanding with respect to our commitment to reconciliation. 

It is important to note that land acknowledgement is only a small part of cultivating strong relationships with Indigenous communities. If you would like to know more about the history and relevance of land acknowledgements, the following opinion pieces offer some perspective:

As Indigenous land acknowledgments become the norm, critics question whether the gesture has lost its meaning (Globe and Mail)
Traditional Land Acknowledgements: More than Just a Gesture (Law Society of Manitoba)
Canada's Impossible Acknowledgement (The New Yorker)
Unceded Territory (Megaphone)
English Department Land Acknowledgment (UWinnipeg)