Land acknowledgements

In yesterday’s post, I took a look at the Whose-Land resource.

On the landing page are a number of land acknowledgements and I hope that you took the opportunity to play, listen, and contemplate the message delivered.  Through the power of YouTube, messages can be easily shared with others.

Using YouTube as a platform to reach an audience is something that many people have done for a long time.  It makes sense that land acknowledgements make use of the platform as well.  Beyond simply being played, they can be shared or embedded where appropriate.

I’ve been in the audience where a number of land acknowledgements have been delivered.  Some were carefully crafted and delivered humbly with passion.  Others, not so much.  In some cases, it was similar to a prayer before dinner – delivered in a speedy fashion to get it done.

If we truly believe in truth and reconciliation, it should be as solemn as the issue.  There should be no exceptions.  Below, you’ll find some examples.

Via YouTube – the Simcoe County District School Board shares this message.

A couple district school boards have their own shared there.

The Canadian Association of University Teachers has provided this guide for its members.  On the guide page, land acknowledgements as listed by institution.  Both institutions from Essex County are represented.

SCC

UW

How does your institution acknowledge the land that it stands on?

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  1. Doug, I really like this topic, as I’ve been thinking about it a lot this summer. We have an FNMI component to our summer camp, and kids (and instructors) have been learning a lot about Indigenous perspectives. One topic we addressed was land acknowledgements. Our Board has one, but one of our FNMI consultants, suggested teaching kids the Turtle Island Welcome. She felt it was more accessible to them, and could be easily personalized. She taught it to the group, and before long, the students and staff took on this routine. I included more about it in this blog post here: https://adunsiger.com/2018/08/10/while-not-quite-a-word-it-is-my-second-one-for-5days5words/. Already I’m considering how we might be able to bring this welcome into our classroom and school. When we talk about land acknowledgements, I think we also need to look at how we move from just saying the words to owning them, and bringing a far better understanding into our schools and communities. This is the hard part, and it’s the part I really want to focus on this year. Thanks for reminding me of this in your post.

    Aviva

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