Grand Erie Land Acknowledgment
Why do we acknowledge the land?
Grand Erie is committed to lifelong learning, and when it comes to our collective responsibilities to reconciliation, that couldn’t be more important. A formal land
acknowledgement has been in place in Grand Erie for several years, as a way to recognize and express gratitude to those whose traditional territory we reside on to work and learn. Now, to better understand the ongoing processes of colonialism and its damaging, long-term effects, Grand Erie’s land acknowledgement statement has been updated.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was formed as a result of recognition of the cultural genocide and assimilation inflicted upon Indigenous Peoples in Canada for generations, and in concluding its work, created 94 Calls to Action including a number specifically focused on education.
A land acknowledgement statement became a formal part of the procedures preceding meetings, events and opening exercises throughout our board.
It recognizes the traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples, and the special, enduring connection they have to the lands they’ve been stewards of for millennia.
Grand Erie’s new Land Acknowledgement statement follows:
Grand Erie District School Board recognizes Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, as the longstanding peoples of this territory.
We honour, recognize, and respect these communities as well as all First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples who reside within Grand Erie District School Board. We are all stewards of these lands and waters where we now gather, learn and play, and commit to working together in the spirit of Reconciliation.
Download a printable copy of Grand Erie's Land Acknowledgment postcard here.