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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Endangered/Rare Species

Many rare and unique plant species can be found in Hamilton, due to its location in the Carolinian zone. These species provide food and shelter to a wide array of wildlife and each have their unique role to play in their ecosystems.