York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been taken care of by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat. It is now home to many Indigenous Peoples from numerous First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region.
The Art Gallery of York University in an institutional member of the Indigenous Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ICCA). This membership holds us accountable to implement recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We would like to use this opportunity to share resources and support Indigenous communities. Support can look like many things, including working within institutions to dismantle systemic racism and inequities, ending violence against Indigenous women and 2spirit individuals, and advocating for Indigenous rights to land, language, and culture. We perceive a land acknowledgement as a living document that is revisited frequently as we learn, grow, and develop our relations to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.
A list of Indigenous-run organizations and initiatives that inform this document include: