This book was written by students who attend Queen’s University. We would like to acknowledge that Queen’s is situated on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. This land continues to be home to Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples today, along with other Indigenous and Métis peoples from across Turtle Island.
We have come to Queen’s – both virtually and in person – from the unceded territories of the Muskqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, the unceded territory of Mi’kmaq, the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnabeg people. We also come from the territories of the Wendat, Attawandaron, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Alderville First Nation, Mohawk Nation, and the Métis Nation. Some of our homes are on unceded Indigenous lands, some are on lands governed by Treaties, while others, like our University, are on lands “purchased” from Indigenous peoples by the Crown. We take responsibility for learning about the Treaties and agreements that govern the way Canada should relate to Indigenous peoples. We are also committed to learning about the history of the lands where we live and study. We will push for better education about this history and about the way Canada has treated Indigenous Peoples. We are grateful for our homes on these lands and for the Indigenous Peoples who took care of the land for millenia. We will work hard to sustain the land. We will also work hard to learn about colonialism. We want our governments to respect the Treaties and agreements that have been made with Indigenous peoples. We will work towards Reconciliation, advocating for Indigenous land rights, anti-racism, and decolonization.