We live, work and learn on the ancestral lands of diverse Indigenous peoples, including the Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others. We humbly and respectfully acknowledge and recognize their histories, languages, and cultures that continue to enrich and influence our vibrant community and lives. This land is governed by Treaty 6, and is part of the Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4, in what is colonially known as Edmonton.
Why are land acknowledgements important and necessary? “Inspired by the 94 recommended calls to action contained in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (now known as the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, or NCTR), land acknowledgements are a necessary first step toward honouring the original occupants of a place. They also help Canadians recognize and respect Indigenous peoples’ inherent kinship beliefs when it comes to the land, especially since those beliefs were restricted for so long.” by Indigenous writer Selena Mills https://bit.ly/3xN1Sl0