Land Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge that land on which MCQ is situated on the traditional territory of Indigenous lands and the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of this lands and waters. Tiohtià:ke/Montréal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations.

Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples coming from different parts of the World. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

we acknowledge the invaluable role of the Kanien’keha:ka in tending and protecting the land which our resources originate from. We also acknowledge our privilege of being able to live and work on these lands and recognize that this has come from the exploitation of the Indigenous communities.

MCQ aims to do all within its power to partner with Indigenous communities in research projects that reflect their priorities.

Kanyen'kehà:ka

Kanyen'kehà:ka or Kanien'kehá:ka (“People of the Chert”), commonly known as Mohawk by non-Kanyen'kehà:ka, are Indigenous peoples in North America. They are the easternmost member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, also referred to as the Iroquois or Six Nations Confederacy. In the early years of the 17th century, they resided on the banks of the Mohawk River in what is now upstate New York. They became intensely involved in the fur trade and in the colonial conflicts of the next two centuries. Many had moved to the St. Lawrence River before 1700 and following the American Revolution, the remainder moved to Canada to reside in territories controlled by their ally, Great Britain. Here, the Kanyen'kehà:ka have garnered a reputation of militancy in maintaining their language and culture, and for defending their rights.

Chiefs of the Six Nations, 1871

(Courtesy National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution / Photo Lot 86-58)