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The Founding College of the University of Toronto
Turtle Island - by Patrick Hunter

Acknowledgement of Traditional Land

We wish to acknowledge this land on which University College operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

The Land Acknowledgement  is a formal statement recognizing the unique and enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional  territories. For more information about Land Acknowledgements, visit the Indigenous U of T Land Acknowledgement page.  

Artist's Narrative

“Turtle Island” is what my people, the First Nations of Canada, refer to as North America. She carries the people, and represented by the trees on her back are the 7 Grandfather teachings – love, humility, truth, bravery, wisdom, respect, honesty. The blue tiles of her shell represent all the fresh lakes, and the black line represents our good soil for growing in North America. The tipi represents the people living amongst all of these things and that we’ve got to take good care of what we were given.

Patrick Hunter is a 2Spirit Ojibway Woodland artist from the community of Red Lake, in North Western Ontario. Patrick paints what he sees through a spiritual lens which is inspired by his homeland and growing up seeing the original works of Woodland painter Norval Morrisseau in various buildings around his home town.