About Greenwood UTM
Greenwood UTM is a student-run initiative led by participants in the Work-Study program at the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga. Through student-organized projects, we support partnerships, workshops, and events that use art and culture to promote political and environmental engagement in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Greenwood UTM continues to consider the role that academic institutions, like the University of Toronto, play in the extension of colonial legacies. As students in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, we at Greenwood would like to recognize the many traditional territories upon which our work takes place and benefits from. For thousands of years, it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississauga’s of the Credit River. Many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island continue to protect and remain in relationship with this land. We are grateful to have the opportunity to continue collaborating in this space - to work, teach, listen, and learn.
A territorial acknowledgement is an important reminder that we are all treaty partners. It is not only an opportunity to share our thanks to be living and learning in these lands, but a call to continue recognizing our commitments to each other. Within the past year we have seen these agreements challenged by settler institutions - most recently by 1492 Land Back Lane, pipelines in Wet’suwet’en traditional territory, and the Mi’kmaw fisheries along Canada’s east coast among others. These acknowledgements are not to commemorate the past, but to recognize our commitment to the present and to the future. They are living and will continue to live in all of us.