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​Where the Rivers Meet (WTRM) Website

  1. To recognize the constitutional place of territory
  2. Acknowledge the shared stewardship of [treaty] territory
  3. Honour the relationship of aboriginal nations of the territory and their guests
  4. Acknowledge and make visible the Aboriginal peoples who have been silenced, invisible and marginalized yet are the original owners caretakers of the land, territory and ecology.
  5. Prioritize values of  respect, relationship​ and reciprocity as a constitutional priority in indigenization and reconciliation of the academy
  6. We honour place because place has indigenous knowledge


Source:  Dr. Marie Battiste  


(Why we do this)

The goal of this guide is to encourage all academic staff association representatives and members to acknowledge the First Peoples on whose traditional territories we live and work. This acknowledgement appropriately takes place at the commencement of courses, meetings or conferences, and presentations (given either at one’s home institution or elsewhere). Acknowledging territory shows recognition of and respect for Aboriginal Peoples. It is recognition of their presence both in the past and the present. Recognition and respect are essential elements of establishing healthy, reciprocal relations. These relationships are key to reconciliation, a process to which CAUT is committed. However, acknowledging territory is only the beginning of cultivating strong relationships with the First Peoples of Canada. CAUT encourages academic staff associations to reach out to local Aboriginal communities to open pathways for dialogue.

​Source:    CAUT Guide to Acknowledging Traditional Territory