Territorial Acknowledgement

We are on Kanien'kehá:ka land.
Tiohtià:ke tsi ionhwéntsare (Montréal, Québec) in Kanien’kéha (Mohawk), by Karonhí:io Delaronde and Jordan Engel

Tiohtià:ke tsi ionhwéntsare (Montréal, Québec) in Kanien’kéha (Mohawk), by Karonhí:io Delaronde and Jordan Engel

The McGill Social Work Student Association acknowledges that we operate on the unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) people. This land was also a meeting place for other nations including the Anishinaabe (Algonquin) people. This land, known as Tiotiá:ke in the Kanien’kehá language, was never surrendered or ceded by the Kanien’kehá:ka. This is a reality inherent in the Indigenous legal system of the Kanien’kehá:ka people, but it is also recognized in Canadian common law, as laid out in the Royal Proclamation of 1763, and the Constitution Act of 1982.

Systems of colonization were utilized to fraudulently acquire this land and exploit its resources. Much of privilege and opportunities available to settlers (i.e., non-Indigenous people) living in Montreal are a result of this ongoing and grave injustice. While we continue to benefit from this oppression, there are Indigenous communities across Turtle Island which are still without clean drinking water and adequate housing, and where families live in dire poverty. We as settlers directly and indirectly benefit from this, and it is integral that we work towards undoing the violent systems of colonization and oppression that affect Indigenous communities to this day. What’s more, as students training to be social workers, it is important that we understand the role that our profession has played, and continues to play, in said oppression.