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UofGH Statement on Treaties Recognition Week

Dear UofGH Community Members,

We ask you to join us in recognizing Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario – established in 2016 to honour and educate Ontarians on the importance of treaties involving Indigenous Peoples.

The University of Guelph-Humber is located within the traditional and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit. Known as Adoobiigok, the “Place of the Black Alders” in the Mississauga language, the region is uniquely situated along Humber River Watershed, which historically provided an integral connection for Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Wendat peoples between the Ontario Lakeshore and the Lake Simcoe/Georgian Bay regions. 

We offer our sincere gratitude to the lands on which our campus is located and to the Indigenous Peoples who have resided on these lands for generations. We recognize that our educational activities occur on treaty lands and we understand the need to ensure that we honour and respect these treaty lands and relationships.

Remaining committed to a path toward reconciliation and decolonization, we stand in solidarity with Indigenous nations as they advocate for the recognition, protection and implementation of their inherent constitutional and treaty rights.

We affirm the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action appealing for enhanced treaty education. In order to address the lasting effects of colonization, we recognize the need to examine our own institutional structures, policies and practices, as well as our responsibility in educating people on treaties, treaty rights and relationships and the ongoing dispossession of Indigenous Peoples from their treaty lands and territories.

We encourage you to visit the following websites at the University of Guelph and Humber College for the latest information and resources:

University of Guelph Indigenous Initiatives and

Humber College Indigenous Education –

UofGH believes it is essential that “we are all treaty people” with responsibilities to honour treaty obligations and to protect our shared land and resources for future generations.