National Indigenous People’s Day and Land Acknowledgement

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This Sunday, June 21 will be the National Indigenous People’s Day and the week of June 15 is the Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary.

On June 21, the Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary (AAWC) Committee will host a series of virtual events, to raise awareness and celebrate the cultural diversity of Canada’s Indigenous people. Please check out the event schedule.!

Today let’s learn about Land Acknowledgement!

 “In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.”

This is an example of a short version of Land Acknowledgement. There is also a long version.

What is Land Acknowledgement?

Landing Acknowledgement is making a statement like the one above, acknowledging traditional territories of local Indigenous people and their descendants.

Why is Land Acknowledgement important?

Whether our families just moved to Calgary a couple of months ago or have lived here for generations, we are actually all immigrants. Before our arrival, Canada was already occupied by Indigenous societies for thousands of years.

Waves of immigration and settlement forced many Indigenous peoples away from their traditional lands and disrupted their traditional ways of life, leading to transgenerational trauma. Read about Residential Schools in Canada.

Nowadays, Canada’s immigration policy is among the most welcoming worldwide. As we welcome new immigrants to Canada, we must not forget about history. It is important to acknowledge that we committed cruelties to Indigenous people to the benefit of our own.

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Word of the Day:

Trauma: an emotional shock after a stressful event or a physical injury