Land Back

What does land back mean?

What is Land Back? A Settler FAQ

Whose Land Are You On?

1492 Land Back Lane

Returning the Land


Colonizer: a person who helps take control of an area or a country that is not their own such as European 'explorers' who 'discovered' North America. Also, a person who perpetuates this occupation today and the racist ideals established by early colonizers.  

Indian (NDN): legal description of Indigenous people (eg. Indian Act) sometimes used/reclaimed by indigenous people. Do NOT use this term if you are non-indigenous unless you're referring to a specific law/organization etc (eg. Indian Act). 

Settler: all non-Indigenous people are settler-colonizers, whether they were born here or not. Settlers are immigrants to Turtle island (eg. your grandparent coming from Europe in the 1800s or 1900s) often helping colonizers "settle" and take over indigenous land. 


Turtle Island: traditional/original name of North America in some first nations. 

Unceded: un-conquered land that was never given/sold to/or won by the British, Canadian or US governments. No treaties are in place in these lands and they do not belong to Canada or the US. See the map below outlining areas of Canada with and without treaties. 



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