The Royal Canadian Geographical Society acknowledges that its offices are located on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Peoples, who have been guardians of, and in relationship with, these lands since time immemorial. We further acknowledge and recognize that our work reaches across all First Nations territories, Métis Homelands and Inuit Nunangat, and for this we are grateful.
“guardians of, and in relationship with”: Every society everywhere has been a guardian and in relationship with the land. It is only in the last 50 years with the development of trans national corporations that we, all of us, including the so called native, have lost this ethic.
“unceded territory of the Algonquin Peoples”: Actually the land of the Neutrals and Huron Wendant. They were wiped out by the Mohawk, the Algonquin are come lately opportunists.
“First Nations territories”: The idea of a first nation is a cultural appropriation of the European concept of Nations. Early tribes in Canada did not understand the concept of nation, that developed in Europe with the development of the printing press and the creation of a national identity. Before that there were kingdoms, clans, regional tribes. As were the tribes of what is now Canada.
“Métis Homelands”; 200 years ago there were no Metis, there were Cree and there were French. The two made Metis. If Metis are native so are the French.
“Inuit Nunangat”: Innu are recent migrants, immigrants that displaced and had conflict with everyone they met including the athabasca, the dorset, the thule and the Norse. They are ugly colonists, expansionists, non native invaders to Canada. They only arrived in the eastern Canada in the north less than 500 years ago.