Staff at Western Canadian university encouraged to add messages about “unceded” aboriginal land in their course outlines

As the school year begins at **** University (located in Western Canada), an “Equity Committee” circulated to all teaching staff towards the end of August:

Given our mission to be a university of choice for Aboriginal education, the **** Equity Committee would like to encourage faculty to acknowledge the ***** territory in your course outlines as unceded in support of indigenizing the curriculum.  This could be done by adding the following message right under the [university] logo in course outlines:
 
“Located on the **** ***** territory within the unceded traditional lands of **** (**** Nation)” 
 
The **** Equity Committee thanks you for considering this request.

Another similar message was sent in early September:

You may also customize your outline to include the following gratitude (courtesy of Dr. ***):
 
I acknowledge the **** Nation, upon whose traditional and unceded land **** University is located (***). I am grateful for the **** Nation’s generosity and hospitality while we live, learn and work in their territory.

Exactly how much “unceded” land are we talking about? Just this one case? The whole province? The whole county?

This strikes me as pandering of the worst sort. It encourages people to see themselves as victims. They need to see themselves as equal to the rest of us, many of whom see themselves victims on different issues.

The cult of victimhood is wrong. (And my spell checker is convinced that “unceded” is not a word.)

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  • That is sick!

  • Starlord

    they do this in Durham schools. Before assemblies, events, gatherings etc they recite lines about how we are allowed to be here… the land X treaty with X band signed in X year that allows us to learn, live work and grow food blah blah. Think about it the replacement of the Lord’s prayer.

    So in Europe I think they illegal aliens should have recite the same for the indigenous people of Europe (or insert region/country here)

    • I thank these jack-offs for nothing.

    • Clausewitz

      They’ve been doing this at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga for years. Way to start off every show by pissing me off with historical lies.

      • shasta

        There is nothing that I want to see so bad that I would put up with that bullshit, I would ask for my money back at a minimum.

        • Clausewitz

          Yeah but I want to see Lightfoot one last time before he kicks off. For that I’ll make an exception.

          • shasta

            Yea – I’ve done that a few times – It is a bit hit or miss though and I don’t do it much any more – just put the old tunes on the stereo now.

    • shasta

      The students are gutless. They should be calling out the bullshit every time.

  • WalterBannon

    If the Indians promise to hang Justin and make hunting liberals legal then I say they can have Canada back

    • shasta

      Why would you let them have the pleasure of doing something that you should be doing yourself?

      • tom_billesley

        To give them a purpose in life?

  • Screw these guys. Even if they could prove ownership, they would simply waste the land that they are on.

    • The Deplorable Rosenmops

      Exactly.

      • And asking for someone to turn the running water back on.

        • The Deplorable Rosenmops

          After the lights, heat and water had been off for awhile we could buy the land back for a few cases of beer.

  • ntt1

    here in BC they use a more misleading term”traditional territory” instead of unceded land Traditional land which include every inch of BC to 150% it includes land that someones great granny picked berries on or a transitory fish camp was built on. The media is consciously implicit in this scam which makes everyone a settler with deep responsibility to continue the patriarchal crap that is killing Indians daily.

    • Alain

      Yup, their so-called land claims just in BC exceed the total area of BC.

    • shasta

      The traditional territory of the aboriginals in B.C. is somewhere in central Siberia. I would suggest the whiners should be moved back there and off of sovereign Canadian land.

  • The Deplorable Rosenmops

    This is such a crock. Are they saying the university isn’t in Canada? I suppose the government had better pull out and stop throwing money into it. Let the Natives run it on their own and without any money from the government. When the lights and heat goes out they can live in pit houses.

    • Alain

      Ah, but no they do want the money and all the rest of the “white man’s” inventions and progress.

  • shasta

    “Exactly how much “unceded” land are we talking about?”

    None. All land in the Dominion has been ceded to the Crown, whether by treaty, or by force or by other means. If these groups are contesting the sovereignty of Canada the wimps we have for politicians should grow a pair and deal with them as they did during the several rebellions during the 19th century.

    • Alain

      We can thank judicial activist judges for this lie and that it still lives.

      • shasta

        No doubt. In my opinion they should be dealt with in the same manner.

  • k1962

    The high social’s teacher mentioned it a couple of times during meet the teacher’s last year. I heard similar opinions voiced at UVic during their experience UVic weekend and during my child’s graduation from that University. Can’t remember if similar things were said at another child’s graduation from UBC.

    • k1962

      One more thing, this is now mentioned at Langara College as well during their orientation (they even added a Native name to Langara)…funny listing to my kid trying to pronounce it) and I think my kids are going to have a hard time not rolling their eyes having heard it so often.

  • Morticiaa

    Morons maggots and worms
    There is no end to all this stupidity

  • Minicapt
  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    You know what the game is, right?
    This is open and public debasement of Canadians to get you to feel good and guilty so they can extort more of your money.
    Screw that, and screw them!
    They are lying, thieving bastards that do not deserve your largess.

    • Frau Katze

      It’s like the American blacks wanting reparations.

      • Drunk by Noon ✓

        Actually, I think it’s going beyond that.
        Nowhere that I can think of, do we give thanks to slaves nor Indians at the beginning of program, like an invocation.

  • tom_billesley

    Of course, if you go and live and work land that isn’t yours in Burma, that’s completely different as you’re always the victim if you’re a mahometan.