Decolonizing the University and Treaty Responsibilities

When and Where

Friday, February 26, 2021 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
via Zoom


Michelle Daigle
Susan Hill
Pamela Klassen
Roundtable chair: Cheryl Suzack


We regret that this event has been cancelled.


On Nov 18, 2020, Professors Susan Hill and Pamela Klassen presented a resolution to the Arts and Science council that  “calls on Faculty leadership and administration, as well as the whole Faculty community, to better understand our treaty obligations. More specifically, it calls for reflecting on past and current efforts of the Six Nations, as well as other Indigenous Nations, on whose traditional land the University and the Faculty are situated, to remind us of our ongoing treaty responsibilities.”  

Following the call to share the resolution with students and faculty, we have created a link for the resolution together with an informative article by Professor Susan Hill on Treaty relations.   

The purpose of the Roundtable is to engage in collective reflection on the resolution and how we can support it. As Indigenous and settler scholars based at U of T whose research takes us into different corners of the world we are often positioned as guests on someone else’s land. While visiting, we take on the responsibility of learning about the history of our hosts; we observe their rules and respect their jurisdiction.   What would it take for all of us to engage seriously in “visitor” practices vis a vis our Indigenous hosts here at U of T?  What does it mean to live and work on Treaty Lands?  What opportunities do we have to leverage our positions as employees, as students, and as faculty to act on the resolution’s call for us to meet “our ongoing treaty responsibilities”?   

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