Christ Church Cathedral is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk), at a place called Tio’tia:ke (Montreal), a meeting place for many First Nations, including the Haudenosaunee (Six Nation Confederacy), Anishinabeg and Algonquin peoples.
We recognize and respect the Kanien’keha:ka as the traditional stewards of the land and waters of Tio’tia:ke. Our acknowledgement stands as a promise to continue the ongoing work of recognition and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
How to pronounce Tio’tia:ke (Montreal) and Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk)
Haudenosaunee (h oh - D EE - n oh - SH oh - n ee )
Montreal island is on traditional Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) territory. They are the eastern-most Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nation Confederacy), which also includes the Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora Nations dating from just before the arrival of Europeans (it was originally five Nations, the Tuscarora joining after the arrival of Europeans). Like any place where there is a meeting of rivers and lakes, the island was a meeting place for many Nations.