Carleton University acknowledges the location of its campus on the traditional, unceded territories of the Algonquin nation.
Acknowledgement of the traditional territory is an important cultural protocol for many Indigenous peoples, nations and cultures both in Canada and abroad. The practice demonstrates respect for the traditional custodians of a particular region or area, and serves to strengthen relationships.
Carleton University recognizes the Algonquin peoples as the traditional custodians of the land in which the campus is located. Carleton faculty, professional service staff, students, representatives and members are encouraged to acknowledge the First Peoples on whose traditional territory we work. Acknowledging territory shows recognition of and respect for the host nation, the Kitchissippi Omàmiwininì Anishinabeg (Algonquin Peoples of the Ottawa River, in the Algonquin language).
This acknowledgement appropriately takes place at the commencement of conferences, workshops, public lectures, presentations and other events held on- or off-campus in the National Capital Region, hosted by Carleton University, particularly those pertaining to Indigenous communities, and diversity and inclusion-related events. For speaking engagements taking place outside the National Capital Region, determine which Indigenous territory you are presenting in and make an appropriate acknowledgement for that territory.
There are several ways to make an acknowledgement:
- A formal welcome to the traditional and shared territory by an Elder. If possible, invite an Elder to share a welcome, song and/or opening prayer. For more information on extending invitations to Elders, see our resource: Guidelines for Working with Elders
- An acknowledgement of the traditional and shared territory by the host. Suggested script for acknowledgement:
“We/I would like to acknowledge the Algonquin nation whose traditional and unceded territory we are gathered upon today.”
“We/I would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin nation.”
Acknowledging territory is only the beginning of cultivating meaningful and reciprocal relationships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities. We encourage you to reach out to local Aboriginal communities to open pathways for dialogue, where the shared history and separate histories of Aboriginal peoples and Canadians may be explored.