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Welcome to the University of Ottawa and traditional Algonquin Territory!

Indigenous Affirmation

Ni manàdjiyànànig Màmìwininì Anishinàbeg, ogog kà nàgadawàbandadjig iyo akì eko weshkad. Ako nongom ega wìkàd kì mìgiwewàdj.
Ni manàdjiyànànig kakina Anishinàbeg ondaje kaye ogog kakina eniyagizidjig enigokamigàg Kanadàng eji ondàpinangig endàwàdjin Odàwàng.
Ninisidawinawànànig kenawendamòdjig kije kikenindamàwin; weshkinìgidjig kaye kejeyàdizidjig.
Nigijeweninmànànig ogog kà nìgànì sòngideyedjig; weshkad, nongom; kaye àyànikàdj.

Listen to the audio file made by Joan Commanda Tenasco, an Anishinàbekwe from Kitigàn Zìbìng near Maniwaki, Quebec. She is a semi-retired Algonquin language teacher and continues to develop curriculum. She also works as a translator to ensure the continuous existence of the Anishinàbe language.

We pay respect to the Algonquin people, who are the traditional guardians of this land. We acknowledge their longstanding relationship with this territory, which remains unceded.
We pay respect to all Indigenous people in this region, from all nations across Canada, who call Ottawa home.
We acknowledge the traditional knowledge keepers, both young and old.
And we honour their courageous leaders: past, present, and future.

The University of Ottawa’s Indigenous Affirmation was written by the Indigenous Affairs team in partnership with the Indigenous Education Council, Indigenous Student groups, and members of the local Indigenous community. It is a special acknowledgment of the Algonquin nation as well as the rich and diverse Indigenous population in Ottawa. The Indigenous Affirmation is a living piece of truth and reconciliation and is intended to promote a spirit of awareness of Indigenous people both historically and today.

Traditionally, Indigenous people did not use land acknowledgements, but instead gave statements to recognize the hospitality shown to them when visiting other territories, to honour their ancestors, as well as to acknowledge the ongoing relationship of people to place.

The Indigenous Affirmation is intended to be read once at the commencement of events or conferences, repetition for each speaker is not necessary and may detract from the significance of the statement. This is the traditional approach to this type of acknowledgment and affirms the intention at the opening of the event.

Since its establishment in 1848, the University of Ottawa has taken pride in fostering a remarkable learning environment for all students, and in providing an outstanding work environment for faculty members and support staff. As a community, the University has set ambitious goals for the future, including the development of a unique and diverse cultural environment in which students can learn, grow and excel; embodying the Canadian spirit with an openness toward the world; fostering the spirit of discovery; and nurturing the many languages that defines the country, including Indigenous languages.

In 2015, the University of Ottawa adopted the 13 Principles on Indigenous Education that were released shortly after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report on Canada’s residential schools. The 13 Principles on Indigenous Education were created by Universities Canada (the voice of Canadian universities) in partnership with Indigenous communities, in order to address the underrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in post-secondary institutions. In light of the 13 Principles, the University responded to a student-led request to create an Indigenous presence on the University of Ottawa website by creating an Indigenous Student Portal.

The Indigenous Student Portal aims to provide Indigenous students with all the tools and resources they need to succeed, such as information on the programs or bursaries offered, how to use the library’s resources and how to take part in community activities. The Portal also aspires to increase visibility and awareness of Indigenous culture on campus to ensure that the landscape of the University of Ottawa reflects its vibrant, active, and diverse Indigenous community.

Together, let’s make your experience at the University of Ottawa a productive, supported, and memorable journey of learning!

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