Caledon Public Library Land Acknowledgement
A territorial or land acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes the unique and enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories. Acknowledgement of the traditional territory upon which we all live offers an opportunity to pay respect to ancestral and traditional territories; be mindful of our collective role as stewards of the land; and build awareness of present-day Indigenous culture in our community, as first steps towards reconciliation.
Caledon Public Library’s Land Acknowledgement
“As we gather, we are reminded that the Caledon Public Library sits on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississauga’s of the Credit First Nation. In particular we acknowledge the territory of the Huron-Wendat, and Haudenosaunee peoples.
We acknowledge the cultural injustices of the past and express our collective hope for full truth and reconciliation in the future.
On this day our meeting place is home to many Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) from across Turtle Island (North America).
We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land, and by doing so, we give our respect to its first inhabitants.”
• Haudenosaunee: (hoe-den-oh-sow-nee)
• Métis: (may-tee)
Use of Acknowledgement
A territorial acknowledgement will be used by the Library CEO or designate at the start of public meetings, celebrations, or other official events and programs as deemed appropriate, and that are hosted or supported by Caledon Public Library. The acknowledgement may be printed, spoken, projected, or posted on the Caledon Public Library website.
This is our first step to bringing attention and showing respect to the Indigenous peoples who first lived – and currently live – on the land where we now live and work. Our efforts to reconcile with Canada’s Indigenous people doesn’t stop there and we have provided some starting points for further learning and education: