Moving Beyond Land Acknowledgements
As many of usaresettler, immigrants, or descendants of those forcefully brought to this continent, We, the Girls Rock Camp Alliance, must recognize and never forget, that our conference occupied traditional, unceded Lenni Lenape lands. We honour and are grateful for the land we occupied, and recognize the ongoing damage of settler colonialism.
To recognize the land is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those whose territory you reside on, and a way of honouring the Indigenous people who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial. It is important to understand the long standing history that has brought you to reside on the land, and to seek to understand your place within that history. Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation. It is also worth noting that acknowledging the land is Indigenous protocol.
Read our full zine about the Lenni-Lanape territory, and how to move beyond land acknowledgments to disrupt settler colonialism.