Why Land Acknowledgement is key to reconciliation.
“Spanning generations, acknowledgement of the land is a traditional custom of Indigenous peoples when welcoming outsiders onto their land and into their homes. To build respectful relationships, acknowledging the land is an important part of reconciliation. It honours the authentic history of North America, its original people and tells the story of the creation of this country that has historically been missing.”
– The Calgary Foundation
Local Up, Collaborative Projects
The land on which we travel was once rightfully respected and acknowledged as being intertwined with the health, spirituality and well-being of all people. We grieve the loss of this connection, and respectfully request guidance from all of the peoples presently subject to Treaties 6, 7 and 8. Namely: The Blackfoot Confederacy- Kainai, Pikani, and Siksika- the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, the Tsuut’ina Nation and the Metis people of Alberta.
We extend our work as an effort towards reconciliation. In gratitude for the land on which we reside, and in remorse for the pain and loss that continues today. We seek the wisdom of traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders as to how we may once again live in harmony with the land with each other.
What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
Crowfoot Blackfoot Warrier Chief, 1980