Welcome to the dooryard.
Dooryard Arts Festival respectfully acknowledges that this festival takes place on the unsurrendered and unceded traditional territory of the Wolastoqiyik alongside the Wolastoq and Meduxnekeag rivers.
This territory is covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship that the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq and Peskotomuhkatiyik signed with the British Crown. The treaties did not deal with the surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Indigenous title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.
We are all Treaty people. We remain Treaty people “for as long as the grass grows, the rivers flow, and the sun shines.”