Our Shared Future is more than a heritage marker
Our Shared Future represents UW–Madison’s commitment to respect the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation and the other First Nations of Wisconsin. It is a first step that calls on each of us—faculty, staff, and students—to deeply consider our shared past and present with Indigenous peoples in this place, Teejop, and to make our own personal and institutional commitments to achieve a shared future with them.
Our Shared Future is a process, not a land acknowledgement or something to recite. It is a collective act of moving together from ignorance to awareness; an educational framework for posing questions; and an opportunity to celebrate Ho-Chunk people, as well as learn about the hard truths of our histories with them. It is a challenge to educate ourselves and each other, and create a better future together.
In October of 2021, the marker was installed in its permanent location near South Hall on Bascom Hill.
Our Shared Future Efforts Mark the Beginning, Not an End
Hundreds of people attended events in the fall of 2019 related to the “Our Shared Future” heritage marker, a first step in a multi-year effort to educate the campus and the broader community on the Ho-Chunk Nation and the history it shares with the university. The spring 2020 semester brought an even greater emphasis on the marker.
- Ho-Chunk Nation flag-raising symbolizes a shared futureSeptember 15, 2022
- Chancellor Mnookin meets with leaders in central WisconsinSeptember 9, 2022
- Ho-Chunk Nation flag to fly on campus multiple weeks this fall, beginning with Sept. 15 ceremonySeptember 7, 2022
- UW-Madison professor appointed to commission addressing violent crime against Indigenous AmericansMay 18, 2022