Turtle Island Traditional Greeting
Qey, hello, bonjour all my relatives.
First, I would like to acknowledge that with deep gratitude, I am writing this on indigenous land and this Dawnland has been inhabited by Indigenous people since the beginning of humankind. My heart has called me here to this land to listen and to assist in healing.
Long before today there have been aboriginal peoples who have been the stewards of this sacred land. I would like to begin by acknowledging that the land where I write is the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq Peoples. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship,” which Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq 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. I would also like to recognize the contributions of the Peskotomuhkati people and other Wabanaki and Indigenous peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, and our province, country, and world as a whole.
Woliwon, thank you, merci.