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We recognize the land that Queen’s University is situated on as the unceded traditional lands known as Katarokwi of the Anishinaabe. Following a forced relocation, this land has also been home to the Haudenosaunee Peoples. The Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee roots of this area continue to be represented in the Kingston Indigenous community. In this area, there is also a significant Métis community, along with many other First Peoples from other Nations.
We recognize this land's long history which predates the establishment of the earliest European colonies. We recognize the actions of the Canadian government as an ongoing cultural genocide which has violently and forcibly assimilated and alienated Indigenous Peoples from their sovereignty. We also acknowledge and celebrate the resilience of Indigenous Peoples across so-called Canada, and the significance of this territory to the Peoples who call this land home, and whose practices and spiritualities are tied to the land and continue to develop in relationship to the territory and its other inhabitants.
We are grateful to live on, learn from, and enjoy this land, and commit ourselves to decolonization in our personal lives, our schools, and in our communities. The commitments we make in this land acknowledgement must be actively pursued, and come with the belief that decolonization begins with Reconciliation with all Indigenous Peoples, inclusive of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples. If Reconciliation is to be successful, we must continue to deepen the ways in which we listen to, learn from, and support Indigenous Peoples and their resilience, resistance, and self-determination.
We remind our non-Indigenous participants that it is your duty to learn about the territories you occupy and to work towards a relationship that fosters Reconciliation between all nations. In this reminder, we would like to acknowledge the importance of seeking Indigenous voices in matters affecting these communities, and to be mindful of the multiple opinions, experiences, and needs which exist within each individual and collective. An excellent resource to begin this learning is native-land.ca.
To our Indigenous participants, supporters, and leadership, we thank you deeply for sharing your knowledge and experiences with us, and we look forward to working with you this year and in the future.
The Queen's Conference on Indigenous Reconciliation (QCIR) is a two-day conference focusing on Reconciliation in business and law. This does not, however, mean that our conversations are limited to business and law, and in fact, we make an active effort to ensure we're also hosting conversations on how to practice Reconciliation in everyday life, and in other fields. The goal of our conference is right in the title: Reconciliation.
The conference is a joint-effort between the Queen's School of Law and the Smith School of Business. However, our conference and events are open to all Queen's students and community members. We also make an active effort to ensure that our leadership team is made up of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with the understanding that Reconciliation must be pursued by both parties.
Every year, in varying formats, we put together a conference of speakers who are committed to different facets of Reconciliation, including allyship, decolonization, and existing as an Indigenous person in business and law. We're working on this year's theme for 2023 still, but as soon as we know what we'll be focusing on, come back to this space to learn more.
We are very hopeful that we will be able to host a hybrid conference this year. We're looking to host you in-person, but to also provide an online option for those who do not live in Kingston, or who are more comfortable tuning in from home. Visit our about page for more on conference format, or peruse the rest of the website and come across who we are and the resource book we've put together.
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