Beyond mechanical Land Acknowledgements

It's important to know whose territory we meet and live on, and under what treaty obligations. At the same time, it's crucial to go beyond reading out an acknowledgement. How can we deepen our understanding of the Indigenous people on whose land we are uninvited guests? How can we act to support Indigenous Sovereignty, both close to home and across Turtle Island?

The Dish With One Spoon wampum agreement is a good place to start.

There's also an excellent free course that anyone can take, called Indigenous Canada, out of the University of Alberta, and taught by Indigenous scholars.

Here are some Hamilton City resources on land acknowledgements and why they are important, from the Urban Indigenous Strategy, City of Hamilton :

Steering committee members invite other chapter members to give the land acknowledgement at any meetings we hold. Please send a message to if you're interested in doing so.