News article in The New Yorker by Stephen Marche September 7, 2017
“… the acknowledgment [sic] is spreading. No level of government has mandated the practice; it is spreading of its own accord.
There is no single acknowledgment [sic]. There are many acknowledgments [sic], depending on where you are in the country.” [Website quote]
It can be customary between one First Nation and another to acknowledge the host Nation Peoples and their traditional territory at the outset of any meeting. The long struggle by First Nations to maintain traditions has been tough, but through it all this basic protocol has survived and thrived.
“Why is it good protocol to thank the host nation? Because you are acknowledging that that Nation has had a relationship since time immemorial with the land you are standing on. It is a sign of respect and recognition, and you can’t go wrong with respect and recognition.” [Website quote]
Cultural Protocol Guidelines: Recommended Practices for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Cultural
Links to several different protocols
” … the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) recommended territorial acknowledgement for institutions where our members work, organized by province. While most of these campuses are included, the list will gradually become more complete as we learn more about specific traditional territories.” [Website quote]