aka land acknowledgement
We offer our thanks and gratitude to this land, the sky, the sea and all things that surround and sustain us.
Most of this work was done while situated on stolen land, the lands of Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabek, Algonquin and Mississaugua Nations.
This project hopes to inspire new ways of being on this land, and shares the ways we activate and aspire to dream better futures in our daily lives.
How to acknowledge the land in the context of institutional violence? X University was established in 1841 on stolen land in Katarokwi. According to X University's website:
"Queen's University was established on October 16, 1841 in a Royal Charter issued by Queen Victoria. The document was granted after years of effort by the Presbyterians of Upper Canada to found a college for the education of ministers in the growing colony, and to instruct youth in the "various branches in Science and Literature."
X University was founded explicitly in service of settler colonial violence. In 2021, the institution continues to incubate violence through forensic psychiatry, natural resource extraction, and reconciliation, amongst other genocidal industries. Abolitionist Dream Mappers have chosen to (dis)engage with this relationship to the university in different ways. Learning from Black and Indigenous methodologies, as well as each other, people have created projects that do not expose communities, loved ones, and dreams to the vicious predation of university research. We acknowledge that we have tried to keep each other safe.