Welcome

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We are so pleased to welcome so many EDC Conference participants from all around the world! Please enjoy the following messages from Erika Kustra, Chair of the Educational Developers Caucus, and Denise Stockley, President of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Then, read on for an overview of how we are acknowledging our respective spaces at this online event.

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Video created by Peter Marval, University of Windsor

It may interest you to know a little more about the role of EDC’s chair; Erika explains her work and responsibilities as current Chair of the EDC in the following video.

Video created by Peter Marval, University of Windsor

Land Acknowledgements in Canada

It is our custom in Canadian universities, particularly in recent years, to acknowledge the land on which we work, study and live. Since this conference is being held online, a singular land acknowledgement does not capture the richness of our distribution across many locations in Canada and around the world. There are few places on earth that someone before us has not called home. As many of the conference committee are located in Toronto we would like to share the land acknowledgement that is used at York University, and conference participants are invited to consider their own position with regard to the land where they find themselves.

York University Land Acknowledgement

We recognize that many Indigenous nations have long-standing relationships with the territories upon which York University campuses are located that precede the establishment of York University. York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation (a-nish-na-bek), the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (ho-dee-no-sho-nee), the Huron-Wendat, and the Métis. It is now home to many Indigenous Peoples. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the New 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.

In this sense, advocacy compels us to acknowledge a diversity of thoughts and opinions as a starting point rather than as an ideal outcome. In institutions of higher learning, we have a responsibility to honour spaces for emerging and established voices to engage in productive, respectful, and sometimes even uncomfortable conversations where individuals are safe to speak truth to power, explore and challenge dominant ideologies, and call out injustices and inequalities in order to imagine new ways of existing. Our learning journeys cannot be successful without Aboriginal justice and reconciliation. Our journeys can be parallel. And on this land, we shall learn, work and advocate with our energies in solidarity.

For more information about the purpose and background of land acknowledgements, please watch the following video produced by York University.

The practice of land acknowledgements is not without contention. If you are interested in learning about the limitations and concerns regarding the practice, please read this article published on apihtawikosisan.com.

We invite you to share how your institution honours the indigenous peoples of your region in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “Welcome”

  1. Keyano College, Fort McMurrary Alberta
    We respectfully acknowledge that we are on Treaty No. 8 Territory, the traditional meeting grounds and gathering places of Canada’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.

    Keyano is a Cree word roughly translated, means, “Sharing”.

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  2. University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada,we shared this acknowledgement, with thanks to the community that shared it with us: Our campus sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. There are few places on earth that someone before us has not called home.

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