Indigenous Land Acknowledgement
Photo by Daniel Baylis: Darren Yelton, Squamish Nation artist and carver of The Great Trail Pavilion in North Vancouver. Darren’s carving of a welcoming grandmother and grandfather invites friendship on the Trail and promotes it as a place for everyone to enjoy.
Trans Canada Trail (TCT) knows that land acknowledgement is an essential act of reconciliation and relationship building with Canada’s Indigenous peoples.
The recognition of territory shows respect for Indigenous peoples. It testifies to their presence, both historical and current, and ensures a sharing of knowledge between current and future generations. This recognition and respect are crucial to the establishment and maintenance of healthy and reciprocal relationships, and contributes to reconciliation, a process to which TCT is committed. While acknowledging traditional territory is highly desirable, it is only the beginning of the process that is needed to cultivate strong relations with First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples.
TCT acknowledges that:
- The Great Trail is situated on the traditional territory of First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples from coast to coast to coast. TCT also acknowledges that The Great Trail includes land and water routes that were created and used, both historically and in some cases presently, by Indigenous peoples as seasonal travel and trade routes.
- Our head office is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Nation, part of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. We recognize the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation as the custodians of the lands and waters of Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal), which has long been a gathering place for diverse First Nations, including Algonquin-Anishinaabe, Atikamekw, and Huron-Wendat. We are thankful that we are able to create, collaborate, play and work here. We support community efforts to sustain a relationship with Indigenous peoples based on respect, dignity, trust and cooperation, in the process of advancing truth and reconciliation.
To demonstrate our commitment:
- We support Indigenous leadership as they work on Trail development projects on traditional territories.
- We encourage Trail groups to develop project partnerships with local Indigenous communities, and to recognize and honour First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples by acknowledging the traditional territories on which the Trail project is taking place.
- We have established an Indigenous Advisory Committee comprised of individuals from Indigenous communities to provide guidance and advice related to TCT as it relates to Indigenous communities and culture.
We encourage everyone to learn more about the lands they currently live on. For more information on traditional territories, feel free to check out the resources below. However, as no resource is perfect, we highly recommend contacting the nation directly for specific information related to their community.
- Native Land
- Government of Canada – First Nation Profiles Interactive Map
- Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.
If we have made an error in any of the above, we sincerely apologize. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.