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Land Acknowledgement

With deep respect and humility, we acknowledge that the FLA OHT is located on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee Huron-Wendat Nations, as well as the territories of other rural and urban Indigenous community members including Métis, Inuit, and other First Peoples from across the Turtle Island.

We stand upon land that carries the footsteps of Peoples of Indigenous ancestry who have been here for thousands of years. We have an opportunity to learn from each other, improve
relationships and promote respect for the past, present and future.

We are thankful to share, learn, work, play and grow on these lands as we work together to build a new health-care system that will be inclusive and equal for all.

Approach to land acknowledgement

The written land acknowledgement above was created with Indigenous community members. It is cited here on the FLA OHT website and documents, where appropriate.

Based on recent learnings the FLA OHT encourages a move away from reading the written land acknowledgement at gatherings and rather to give a personal land acknowledgement, as a more meaningful way to honour Indigenous history, past and present.

Best practice is for land acknowledgements to be individual to the self and to really appreciate the time we spend on the land, showing gratitude for the little things we have in our life.

Consider the questions and tips below to help guide your personal land acknowledgement.

Questions to guide a personal land acknowledgement

Whose Traditional Territory am I on?
  • Do I know the specific Indigenous Peoples or Nations whose traditional land I am on? (avoid
    generalizations and strive for accuracy)
  • Do I know about their history, culture, and contributions to the region?
  • Am I saying the words correctly? Anishinaabe (Ah- nish-ih-nah’-beg), Haudenosaunee (Hoe: deno-shown-ee)
Do I understand the significance?
  • Do I understand the historical and ongoing impact of colonization on Indigenous Peoples?
  • Do I understand the importance of acknowledging the land as a step towards reconciliation?
How can I make it personal?
  • How did I come to reside on this land?
  • Can I share a personal reflection or connection to the land or Indigenous culture in the
    acknowledgment?
  • How does your work or event align with Indigenous values and perspectives?
  • In what ways does acknowledging the land align with the purpose and values of the event or
    gathering?
  • Can I incorporate elements of Indigenous practices or values that resonate with the goals of the
    event?
  • What is your relationship to the place you reside in?
How can I express gratitude?
  • How do I mention and speak about gratitude for the opportunity to live, work, or gather on
    Indigenous land?
  • How can I consider what I’ve done over the last few days or experienced to express gratitude?

Tips for giving a personal land acknowledgement

  • Keep it concise, heartfelt and authentic: Aim for brevity to maintain sincerity and avoid sounding rehearsed.

  • Stay flexible: Adapt your acknowledgement based on the context and audience. Allow it to evolve as your understanding deepens.

  • Practice and reflect: Practice delivering the acknowledgement with sincerity and respect. Reflect on its impact and adjust as needed.

We are working together

We are working together to build a system that recognizes and offers Indigenous health practices for Indigenous People. But we know this will take time. We are committed to engaging with Indigenous Peoples and community members in a good way, using Indigenous teachings and tools in our work, incorporating the community’s suggestions, and building stronger partnerships.

Continued collaboration with Indigenous communities, listening to their suggestions, and actively involving them in decision-making processes will be crucial for success.

Learn more about our commitment to work together.

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Resources

Dylan Robinson, Kanonhsyonne Janice C. Hill, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Selena Couture, Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen. Rethinking the Practice and Performance of Indigenous Land Acknowledgement. Canadian Theatre Review, Volume 177, Winter 2019, pp. 20-30.

The Story of the Two Row Wampum Belt as told by Elder William Woodworth - YouTube

Dish with One Spoon Treaty LKDB - YouTube

To see what land you are on: Native-Land.ca | Our home on native land

What is Turtle Island? The Canadian Encyclopedia

On Reconciliation: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

On Treaties: Ontario Government

Kingston Health Sciences Centre: Indigenous Acknowledgement

Queen's University Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

Terminology on Indigenous content, British Columbia Government