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Indigenous Resources

We created this guide to help St. Clair College students who are researching or interested in learning more about Indigenous peoples in Canada.

St. Clair College Land Acknowledgement

St. Clair College would like to recognize and acknowledge that it sits on the Three Fires confederacy’s traditional territory of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi nations. We would also like to acknowledge the many other tribes and Indigenous nations that call this beautiful land home.

We give thanks to the land and surrounding Water for sustaining us.

You can download a full version of the Land Acknowledgement Guide, provided by St. Clair College Indigenous Services.

You can also visit the Indigenous Services webpage.

Traditional Land Acknowledgement

The goal of this Land Acknowledgement is to acknowledge the First Peoples on whose traditional lands we work and live since time immemorial.

In an effort to respect and recognize the First Peoples of the lands upon which we sit, Traditional land acknowledgments often take place at the beginning of social gatherings, conferences or meetings, or at the commencement of assemblies and presentations.

At St. Clair College, we acknowledge that respect and recognition are essential elements to establishing and maintaining respectful relationships. These relationships are key toward reconciliation, a process to which St. Clair College is committed.

Land Acknowledgements Background

What are Traditional Land Acknowledgements?

Traditional Land Acknowledgements are Indigenous protocols used to show respect and recognition of the First Peoples presence both historically and presently, and to their traditional territories.

Why Do We Acknowledge The Land?

Land Acknowledgements are meant to express appreciation and gratitude to the First Peoples and to recognize the traditional territories of a place.

When do we Acknowledge The Land?

Land Acknowledgements are often spoken at the beginning of an event or gathering, or written at the beginning of a publication.

How can I make the Land Acknowledgement meaningful?

Land Acknowledgements are not scripts but rather a reflection process. You are encouraged to go off script and reflect on what the words mean to you.

Helpful Land Acknowledgement Resources

This collection of resources provides further information in the form of guides, criticism, and tools about Land Acknowledgements.

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