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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McMaster University is blessed with a treasure of natural beauty that is both treasured and championed by students and faculty alike. With a closely felt duty to preserve the valleys, meadows and marshlands of its surrounding campus-scape, McMaster is dedicated to stewardship through preservation and outdoor education. This dedication has been felt through the larger Hamilton community as McMaster works closely and in tandem with conservation groups, like the Royal Botanical Gardens, to ensure that its backyard remains a thriving part of its campus and community for generations to come.

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