Rethinking Territorial Acknowledgements – Creating Meaningful Statements
Presented by Matthew Wildcat as part of the symposium Reconciliation & Resurgence: Heritage Practice in Post-TRC Edmonton
Territorial acknowledgements originally gained traction as a public acknowledgment of the treaties and Indigenous peoples on the land where an event was taking place. Territorial or land acknowledgements are now commonplace and many organizations have templates that can be followed. For many people, these acknowledgements have become rote or perfunctory, leading some to label them as hollow or a box-ticking exercise. The workshop will lead participants through a series of exercises to develop their own personalized land acknowledgement based on their own experiences and backgrounds and understanding of colonization and land. This requires active participation and integrates facilitative methods with the theories and insights of Indigenous governance.