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:

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 10:00AM

End Date and Time:

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 12:00PM


Alan Ojiig Corbiere And Richard Hill

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 the event. Link below.

Speaker information:
Richard W. Hill (Beaver Clan of the Tuscarora Nation) is an artist, writer and curator who lives at the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Ontario, Canada. Over the years, Rick has served as the Manager of the Indian Art Centre, Ottawa, Ontario; Museum Director of the Museum at the Institute of American Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and the Assistant Director for Public Programs at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution; and Senior Coordinator of Deyohaha:ge – Indigenous Knowledge Centre, Six Nations Polytechnic, Ohsweken, ON. He is currently working on media projects on the Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford, ON.
Alan Ojiig Corbiere, Bne doodem (Ruffed Grouse clan), is an Anishinaabe from M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. First educated on the reserve, Alan attended the University of Toronto for a Bachelor of Science, and then entered York University to earn his Masters of Environmental Studies, which focused on Anishinaabe narrative and Anishinaabe language revitalization. For five years he served as the Executive Director at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation (OCF) in M’Chigeeng, a position which also encompassed the roles of curator and historian. He also served as the Anishinaabemowin Revitalization Program Coordinator at Lakeview School, M’Chigeeng First Nation, where he and his team are working on a culturally based second language program that focuses on using Anishinaabe stories to teach language. Alan is now in his second year of his PhD in history at York University.

This event is generously funded by the Department of History, the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, Woodsworth College, Victoria University, and the Office of Indigenous Initiatives (VP & Provost Divison).


  • Department of History
  • the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies
  • Woodsworth College
  • Victoria University
  • Office of Indigenous Initiatives

Contact Information

Chandra Murdoch


Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C7 view full map




Community, Faculty, Staff, First-Year Students, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students

Dish With One Spoon Wampum
Photo credit: Richard Hill