Throughout universities and other institutions, a tradition has developed. At the beginning of public events, organizers and hosts acknowledge that all are gathering on the traditional territory of one or more Indigenous peoples. In 2012, the University of Alberta’s Council on Aboriginal Initiatives had adopted such a statement for the North Campus; the Augustana Campus Aboriginal Engagement Committee thought it was time our campus had its own. Indeed, the history and meaning of the two locations differ in important ways.
Anyone who wishes to acknowledge the traditional territory may use and adapt this statement to their needs. It can be found at: