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Unceded: Why we acknowledge, or don’t, that B.C. First Nations never signed away land – Vancouver Sun

May 14, 2021

Indigenous people are among those split on the value and meaning of territorial acknowledgments

Who, ultimately, possesses the land?

That is a question at the root of the territorial acknowledgments that have become pervasive across Canada, a sombre public rite.

But it’s not only non-Indigenous Canadians who undergo conflicted feelings, whether gratitude, guilt or consternation, when politicians, school principals and others open a gathering by acknowledging they’re on the “unceded traditional territory” of the Wet’suwet’en, Algonquin, Musqueam or other First Nation.

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