Petition To Engrave an Indigenous Land Recognition on the Queen's University Sign.
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The Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS) and the Social Issues Commission (SIC) is focused in making Queen’s campus a welcoming and equitable space for all students. This year, we are very excited to advocate for greater indigenous visibility through various efforts that we are thrilled to begin. ASUS and the AMS intend to present a proposal to the university advocating for the addition of a land recognition on the Queen's University sign. In our proposal, we would like to highlight student engagement with this initiative, and we are eager to share that students are supportive of this project.
One of our primary goals this year is to spearhead conversations advocating for an Indigenous land acknowledgement to be engraved on the iconic Queens University sign at the corner of University and Union. This will acknowledge that Queen’s University is situated on the lands of Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. We hope that through such signs of acknowledgement, Indigenous students on campus and those looking to pursue their education at Queen’s, feel welcomed. We also hope that this acknowledgement sign will work to educate non-indigenous students and faculty to stand as allies and to continue the conversations surrounding decolonization. The sign has gained popularity in the past decade through students taking graduation pictures in front of the sign. Such student-constructed popularity to us seems to be a fantastic opportunity to remind us of our history in an ever-growing, mass space such as social media.
The Truth and Reconciliation Committee that was established in Winter 2017, and included a recommendation that states: to enhance the visibility of indigenous communities at Queens and promote inclusive learning in community spaces on campus (…) Including indigenous language on welcome signs”. We believe that following through with the TRC should be heavily prioritized on campus. This effort is central to achieving this particular goal.
We are hoping to engrave: "Situated on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe" below the sign's already engraved words "Queens University"
We are inviting you, as a member of our community, to show support for this initiative and will be including your support in our proposal to the University. Thank you for caring about indigenous folks in our community.
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