The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

First Law of the Land: Sharing from the Great Dish

Start Date and Time:

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 10:00AM

End Date and Time:

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 12:00PM


Richard Hill, Alan Corbiere, Heidi Bohaker (facilitator)

Join us for this opportunity to learn from Indigenous knowledge keepers about the Dish With One Spoon wampum agreement - the first law of the territory in which our University of Toronto community is located.  Teachings by Richard Hill and Alan Corbiere will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Heidi Bohaker (U of T History).

The desire on the part of University faculty and students to engage in meaningful ways with the calls of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission have raised many important questions. Although the University has developed an official Land Acknowledgment, many of us still have questions about the meaning of this protocol and our responsibilities under treaty covenants such as the Dish With One Spoon between Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe nations that cover this territory. Do we know what we are acknowledging when we make a land acknowledgement in Toronto? What legal agreements are we bound to here and what are our obligations under these? In learning more about the Dish With One Spoon specifically we hope to begin to think through these important questions together.

This event is open to the public - members of Indigenous communities are most welcome.

Please RSVP to this site, or to Jacq Briggs or to Chandra Murdoch so we can estimate numbers. (There is no need to bring a printed ticket on the day.)



  • Department of History
  • Department of Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies
  • Woodsworth College

Contact Information

Chandra Murdoch


Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria College, 93 Charles Street West, Toronto, ON view full map


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Dish with One Spoon wampum
Richard Hill