Land Acknowledgement is an SMS and Facebook Messenger bot leveraging data from Canadian not-for-profit, Native Land, who ask that people use the data carefully because confirmation by nations is pending and they are updating data weekly. The statement recognizes the long history of Native peoples and nations that lived and stewarded the land where the university now resides. An Indigenous Land or Territorial Acknowledgement is a statement that recognizes the Indigenous peoples who have been dispossessed from the homelands and territories upon which an institution was built and currently occupies and operates in. Our entire service area, from the San Luis Valley, up the Upper Arkansas River Valley along the Collegiate Peaks, and into South Park is within the traditional land of the Ute People. “Acknowledgments are a tiny snippet that links us back to a much longer history,” said McRae. I was extremely proud of my coloring skills, having no idea who Columbus was. From Chief Chester Brooks, the oldest chief in attendance, we learned about 7 generations of his family bloodline that he was able to recite to us from memory. We start our meetings by, among other things, asking where people are from, and asking them to acknowledge the indigenous history of the land they live on.

Other Tribal representatives shared their stories about the present conditions of their respective groups and talked about their efforts to educate newer generations about their history and culture. The three-week journey is unlike anything Varela has done ...read more, The outdoor content creator known as Dr. Kiona (she prefers not to use her last name publicly) is not your typical influencer. BPL reserves the right, within its sole discretion, not to post and to remove submissions or comments that are unlawful or violate this policy. The practice of Living Land Acknowledgments is becoming an increasingly normalized act in places like Canada, and Australia where many public events or gatherings, begin with an acknowledgment to the First Peoples that originally inhabited the space. The narratives of this land and region have long been told from one dominant perspective, without fully recognizing the people who lived here before colonization, and still live here today. The basic steps to craft an authentic land acknowledgment involve identifying relevant tribes, articulating your statement carefully, and disseminating your words effectively. Our lifeways include the recognition that human beings are but one component of the ecosystem and natural world. By shedding light on the oft-untold history of colonialism on this continent, space opens up to discuss the injustices still being inflicted on Indigenous peoples today. For on-going gatherings, a land acknowledgement can be presented by different individuals to bring about new perspectives, knowledge and understanding. CSU’s land acknowledgment is a statement crafted by a variety of Indigenous faculty and staff, as well as other officials at CSU. We don’t believe we’re racist—we have Black colleagues and friends, we show up and protest, we signed the Outdoor CEO Diversity ...read more, On Aug. 1, Indigenous Women Hike Founder Jolie Varela and a dozen other indigenous women will take their first steps on the 210-mile-long Nuumu Poyo, more widely known as the John Muir Trail in the Eastern Sierra Nevadas. Finding significant ways as cultural institutions to honor the land and its original caretakers, was what was most important to everyone gathered there. Outdoor companies should build real relationships with Indigenous people by hiring them, listening to what they have to say, and helping disseminate their stories to a larger audience. Europeans began to have contact with the now area of New York. The Lenape lived in the area that is now known as New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, southeastern New York State, northern Delaware and a small section of southeastern Connecticut. It is important to us that we continue the Ute tradition of stewardship of this land and as you travel around and work these trails, you’ll see their names, Tabeuache, Weminuche, and hear their words, Saguache. This guide can help you not only nail the format, but also the follow-through. The southernmost tip of Los Valle’s range runs into the traditional land of the Jicarilla Apache and to the north, the Cheyenne. At the wrap-up session a representative of the Lenape Center offered a simple idea when we think about Land Acknowledgments: “Now that we have welcomed you how do you respond?” This should serve as a prompt to all who think about the space we occupy and the people who were here before us. Before founding the Toronto-based women’s outdoor clothing company, Blackmen spent a decade working in marketing, including at the retail chain Joe Fresh. who ask that people use the data carefully because confirmation by nations is pending and they are updating data weekly. “It’s important to have discussions about perspective and positionality on campus,” says McCourt. Any campaign to protect public lands or nature should involve Indigenous people at every level and should never try to speak for Indigenous people, rather providing a platform where they can speak for themselves. [Mashable] Racism and public space: It’s time to contend with the reality that individuals of color have a markedly different experience of parks ...read more, “The intimidation hits me before I even walk into an outdoor store like REI,” says Jahmicah Dawes, who owns the Texas based, outdoor gear shop Slim Pickins Outfitters. Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress, Why We Display a Black Lives Matter Banner. The land we stand on is the traditional land of the Puebloan and Ute tribes, who have taken care of this land for generations.

I proudly showed my mom and thought, "It's so good, she's gonna put it on the fridge for all to ...read more, In 2013, Ron Griswell took a break from college at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&TSU) to figure out what he wanted to do with his life. Typically, the acknowledgment is given at the outset of a speech, presentation, meeting, gathering, or ceremony. If a tribe is now in a different state, it would still be valuable to reach out and have a conversation, perhaps learning why they’re no longer there.

There were discussions about how we can create curriculum or educational initiatives that would center on comprehensive teaching about the Lenape and first peoples in Brooklyn, ideas about how we can create programs around their customs, reciprocal visits to current Lenape territories so learning can occur where they are now, to encourage reciprocity and to ensure that the burden of educating us is not one sided. The tribe was decimated by colonial smallpox, warfare, and cultural disruption. These days, land or territory acknowledgments are increasingly common, often made at the outset of public gatherings. The Office of Indigenous Initiatives has introduced a land acknowledgement workshop to teach campus community members about the historical significance of the traditional lands that Queen’s University occupies, and to understand the importance of land acknowledgement statements. The main narrative of this area has been that of the dominant voice, without the recognition of the people who lived here before colonization and their descendants, many of whom still live here today. More sessions are being planned throughout the summer to continue these meaningful conversations. Get the latest updates from BPL and be the first to know about new programs, author talks, exciting events and opportunities to support your local library.

“It should also encourage looking to what changes can be made in the future to reconcile and strengthen relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.". A former NOLS backpacking and climbing instructor, Aida is also an adventure cyclist, environmental educator, and ...read more, In the outdoor industry, most folks you meet are all for inclusivity, equity, and diversity, good people in support of positive systematic change. No matter the format, remember that your acknowledgment is just a step, a way of cultivating cultural awareness and sparking deeper truth and reconciliation efforts. An acknowledgment done correctly can also offer a counter-narrative to the “doctrine of discovery,” or the spiritual, political, and legal arguments used by the U.S. Supreme Court to justify the seizure of land not inhabited by Christians. The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture created “Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgment,” a comprehensive resource offering the many ways you can acknowledge Indigenous people (the Native art in this article is courtesy of the organization). If you’re writing one simply to appear politically correct, reconsider. Since a mere statement doesn’t threaten the status quo, there’s a risk of acknowledgments simply becoming performative. If we do not recognize this piece of history, then we feel we will never be able to truly foster an inclusive environment for all to feel welcomed and valued, and have a positive experience working directly on our lands. Richardson Hall, Suite 112

(Lorne) Maclachlan, Helping our community in a time of great need, Queen’s remembers student Ilse Loomer-Scott. Created in consultation with people from more than a dozen Indigenous nations, the guide offers templates but emphasizes that acknowledgments are only made meaningful through specific context and relationships. and we'll send you the Native land you're living, working, or recreating on. See our location map for details. They were often broken down into three clans: The Minsi (also known as Munsee) or Wolf, Unami or Turtle and the Unalachtgo or Turkey.

Many streets, parks, lakes, rivers and mountains also have Lenape names. On October 7th, I attended a convening of Brooklyn based cultural institutions, hosted by Brooklyn Museum in partnership with the Lenape Center. Displacement of our ancestors from our homelands and the continued trauma experienced by our people is not only acknowledged, but remembered and re-lived through current systemic injustice. Some research will always be required. There was also a lot of conversation about environmentalism and finding ways to incorporate the symbiotic relationship first peoples had with the land into discussions on climate change. It is important to acknowledge that we are working on stolen land. “Acknowledging traditional territory is a sign of recognition and respect for Indigenous people.

“The goal in creating this workshop is for land acknowledgements to become more meaningful and impactful by tying the participants’ own experiential background into acknowledging the traditional lands in which they occupy,” he says.

In the outdoor industry, it’s especially important to pay respect to the land and the Indigenous who are part and parcel of it. The Navajo or Diné people also recognize Hesperus Peak – the tallest in the La Plata Mountain Range -as one of their four Sacred Mountains called Dibé Nitsaa, which translates as Big Sheep. The workshop was run by Laura Maracle, Indigenous Cultural Safety Coordinator at the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre in Student Affairs, and Dale Bennett, an Indigenous student from Tyendinaga Territory, who is attending the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) at Queen’s Faculty of Education. The stories of this land have long been told from one dominant perspective without fully recognizing the people who lived here before colonization. “I moved to Minneapolis and got into outdoor guiding and education,’” said Griswell, who took a job working ...read more. To learn more about Indigenous initiatives, resources and cultural services on campus, visit the Four Directions website.

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Thank you for acknowledging this history with us as we begin and continue our work with Southwest Conservation Corps. We are seeking to create accomplices to help to dismantle the false narratives and oppression of the original habitants of this space.