McMaster University recognizes that the University and surrounding Hamilton area, including their nature spaces, are situated on traditional territories shared between the Haudenosaunee confederacy and Anishnaabe nations. These lands are protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum belt. The wampum uses the symbolism of a dish to represent the territory, and one spoon to represent that the people are to share the resources of the land and only take what they need.
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Indigenous Circle

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The Indigenous Circle or Karahakon Kateweienstha (Learning in the Forest) in Mohawk, and Nibwaajkaawin Teg (Place of Wisdom) in Ojibway, was created under the guidance of McMaster’s Indigenous Education Council as a space for learning, reconciliation and the remembrance of Indigenous people and the histories of this land.

The Indigenous Circle is bordered by both the McMaster campus and the lush canopy of Cootes Paradise. The space features tired stone arranged around a stage in the form of a medicine wheel, a symbol that represents the interconnectivity of all beings. Plantings in the space were sourced from Six Nations of the Grand River. The area demonstrates the role nature and outdoor spaces play in teaching and learning and signifies the importance of Indigenous knowledge to the growth of the McMaster community.

To book the space or to find out more, please contact the Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University ( or visit their site.

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Indigenous Circle

1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8, Canada

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