Artwork by TFS student Jordan Besito from Saugeen First Nation. Used with permission.
We acknowledge the land Yorkville University operates on in Ontario is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis. We also acknowledge that the applicable treaty for this region is referred to as the Toronto Purchase.
We acknowledge that the land Yorkville University operates on in British Columbia is the traditional unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples of the Qayqayt and Kwikwetlem First Nations.
We acknowledge that the land Yorkville University operates on in New Brunswick is the traditional territory of the Wabanaki Confederacy, the Mi’kmaq, and the Wolastoqiyik-Maliseet First Nation. We also acknowledge that the applicable treaties for this region are referred to as the Peace and Friendship Treaties.
We reaffirm our responsibility to increase awareness and understanding of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and colonial legacy, and commit to strengthening our relationship with Indigenous peoples throughout Canada.
As a key component of Yorkville University’s initiatives to enhance Indigenous inclusion, the Indigenous Students Advisory Council (ISAC) will play an important role in creating meaningful opportunities for Truth and Reconciliation. The ISAC provides strategic advice on embedding Indigenous inclusion within our institutions and provides students the opportunity for input into related decision-making, initiatives, policies and practices. The ISAC also provides students with an opportunity to build community amongst other Indigenous students within a safe space.
To learn more about the members of the Indigenous Student Advisory Council please visit the following page.
If you would like to further contribute to Indigenous inclusion at Yorkville University, please feel free to contact Thamina Jaferi, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to discuss further.