– ‘… In the rush to establish the colony of British Columbia, governor James Douglas skipped over the stage of negotiating treaties. In 1859, he issued a proclamation that declared all the lands and resources in British Columbia belong to the Crown. At that time, the colony had about 1,000 Europeans and an estimated 30,000 Indigenous people”
Unceded territory – By Joshua Hergesheimer
I’d like to acknowledge that this article was produced on unceded Coast Salish territories.
But what does that mean?
If you’ve attended public events in Vancouver or Victoria in the past few years, you’ve probably heard an acknowledgement like this. Whether spoken at municipal functions, art exhibits or non-profit organizations, it has become an increasingly popular way to open events.
While the specific terminology may vary, the underlying motivation is the same: an admission that the land we stand on belongs to those who lived here…