Land acknowledgement is an opportunity to consider the history of the lands and waterways we are privileged to live, work, and play on.
FOLDA’s digital activities make it incumbent upon us to consider the legacies of colonization and white supremacy embedded within the technologies, structures, and ways of thinking we use every day.
We look to the south and acknowledge the borders made by settlers who saw this land as empty. We look to the east where the Beothuk Nation was decimated. We look to the west and acknowledge our ancestors’ efforts to eliminate Indigenous people using hunger, disease, cruelty, and violence. We look to the north where the land itself softens under the effects of consumerism.
The equipment and high speed internet central to FOLDA are not available in many rural and Indigenous communities.These technologies also have significant carbon footprints, contributing to changing climates that disproportionately affect Indigenous peoples worldwide.
SpiderWebShow Performance acknowledges that FOLDA artists, technicians, producers, and workers are situated on the following traditional territories:
Yarmouth, which is located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.
Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, the unceded Indigenous lands and the traditional territory of both the Kanien’kehá:ka, “Mohawk,” and the Anishinabeg, “Algonquin,” peoples, and historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations including the St. Lawrence Iroquoians, Mohawk, Huron-Wendat, and Haudenosaurnee.
Tkaronto/Toronto, the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.
Katarokwi/Kingston the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee, and the Huron-Wendat. Kingston is covered by Treaty 57, and the territory was acquired in 1783 in Crawford’s purchases.
Calgary (or Moh-kíns-tsis / Wincheesh-pah/ Otos-kwunee / Kootsisáw / Klincho-tinay-indihay) and Banff (which is located at the foot of Sacred Buffalo Mountain or Iinii Istako/Eyarhey Tatanga Woweyahgey Wakân) are the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First nations), and home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. Banff is the traditional territory of the Tsuut’ina of the Dene people, and prior to the establishment of provincial boundaries, this region was also used by the Ktunaxa and the Maskwacis people. These regions are covered by Treaty 7.
Victoria is located on the unceded and traditional territories of the Lekwungen speaking peoples, now known as the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations.
Cowichan Bay is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, the traditional territory of the Quw’utsun (Cowichan) Tribes.
Please join us in acknowledging these histories and our shared responsibilities: to make good of our time together, and for each of us to consider our roles in reconciliation, decolonization, and allyship.
Click HERE to learn about the territories, languages and treaties associated with the land you are on.