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This resource was created by librarians and library staff who identify as cis-, white or Non-Black Persons of Colour, and who occupy spaces of privilege. We are not immune to the hidden biases of our own privileges and perspectives, even as we strive to perform the work of allies. We invite users of this resource to acknowledge the stewards of Turtle Island and reaffirm action towards decolonization.
McMaster University stands on the traditional territory shared between the Haudenosaunee confederacy and the Anishinaabe nations. We must acknowledge a debt to those who were here before us, and recognize our responsibility, as guests, to respect and honour the intimate relationship Indigenous peoples have to this land.
This land acknowledgement, viewed through an intersectional lens, recognizes that the same forces of colonial violence that occupied and settled Turtle Island governed in a way that enacted, and continues to enact, violence upon queer, trans, and two-spirit peoples. We recognize that we cannot adequately support queer, trans, and two-spirit peoples without also supporting action towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
We are committed to purchasing more material to support the diversification of our collection, and are aware that the list of resources enclosed within the guide are non-exhaustive. Some of the titles we sought to add to our collection as we compiled this guide were unavailable in e-book format, and at present our print book collection purchasing has been curtailed due to COVID-19. Once the library reopens are we are able to process print books to add to our collection, we are committed to continue growing our collection. To this end, we welcome, and are grateful for, any and all feedback and recommendations.