Learning and Teaching about Original Peoples

Learning and Teaching about Original Peoples

My Own Personal Land Acknowledgement As I visitor on this land, I’m honoured to acknowledge that the Land I live, work, create and play on is the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. This Land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, which was an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. I further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Purchase, 1972, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Today, I am grateful to share my home with many Original Peoples from across Turtle Island (North America) and I recognize that there is much more learning about the rich history of the Land so that I can better understand my role as resident, neighbour, partner and caretaker. Land is Sacred, therefore our connections to Land are also Sacred. We must seek truth and knowledge to properly acknowledge the Original Peoples culture and ties to the Land. I aim to honour, and not offend, as I continue my personal Truth Journey. Accepting Truth is merely a first step towards Reconciliation. Each of us has an obligation to do better than those before us. That's not to say we must be perfect, but we must put forth an honest effort to seek Truth and understand historical wrongdoings, then "Do Something" with honour and respect. It’s time to move forward, together and, with hope, to honour the Original Agreement -- to respect the Earth Mother so that She may look after us. Resources: “We All Go Back to the Land: The Who, Why and How of Land Acknowledgements.” Suzanne Keeptwo, Brush Education Inc. 2021 See resources in this Wakelet