MacEwan University is situated in Treaty 6 Territory as well as within the Métis homelands and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4. The First Peoples of these lands include the nehiyaw (Cree), the Denesuliné (Dene), the Nakota Sioux (Stoney), the Anishinaabe (Salteaux), the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), the Métis, the Inuit, and many others. Their histories, cultures, and languages have shaped and been shaped by these lands from time immemorial, and hold crucial teachings for all of us for understanding and upholding good relations with each other as well as with the natural world and all its inhabitants.
Acknowledging traditional territory is one part of recognizing and moving beyond colonization, and strengthening our relationships in a positive way. Through this acknowledgment, we honour the ancestors and children who have been buried here. We honour the missing and murdered Indigenous women, men, and two-spirited. We honour the process of ongoing truth-telling and healing for all human beings. We are reminded, in these ways, that we are all treaty people with rights and responsibilities to one another and the world we inhabit.