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First Nations 1 June 2023
Someone Else’s Country
Ninety-five percent of British Columbia, including Vancouver, is on unceded traditional First Nations territory. Unceded means that First Nations people never ceded or legally signed away their lands to the Crown or to Canada. A traditional territory is the geographic area identified by a First Nation as the land they and/or their ancestors traditionally occupied and used.
Before beginning an event, meeting, or conference, it is proper protocol to acknowledge the host nation, its people and its land. You may hear someone begin an event by saying something like this:
“Before we begin, I would like to acknowledge that we are meeting today on the traditional territories of the Tsimshian people . We thank them for allowing us to meet and learn together on their territory.”
map of First Nations lower coastal BC
more from the same source:
“It’s important to note that maps are colonial and political objects, and they can exercise power by what they include and exclude. This map in particular is simplified and incomplete. Many nations are not included, and the map itself implies clear borders between nations, which was often not the case.”
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