Before official Clarkson ceremonies begin, the Faculty Senate, Administrative Council and Student Association have endorsed for the statement below to be read expressing gratitude and appreciation for the unique and enduring relationship between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.
"As the Staff, Faculty and Students of the Clarkson Community, we're grateful for the opportunity to meet here and we thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land before us. We acknowledge we are meeting on the traditional territory of the Akwesasne Mohawk and their ancestors. These lands and waterways connect to the vast traditional areas of the Haudenosaunee, Algonquin, Huron-Wendat, and Abenaki Peoples. We recognize and deeply appreciate their connection to this place.
These traditional territories were never wholly surrendered and were only claimed by competing French and British Crowns, and later New York State.
As we move towards healing past injustices, we must acknowledge the wrongs that have been done and work towards a unified path of co-existence and prosperity. We also recognize the contributions of the Akwesasne Mohawk, Haudenosaunee, and other Indigenous peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, and other territories within the country as a whole."
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