We The People
We are the people
WE ARE NOT “MERCILESS INDIAN SAVAGES,”
AS THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE CALLS US.
OR BYGONE RELICS OF THE PAST, AS COUNTLESS HISTORY BOOKS PAINT US.
WE ARE NOT THE SUM TOTAL OF LONG HAIR, BRAIDS, CHEEKBONES, AND FEATHERS.
WE ARE NOT HALLOWEEN COSTUMES, DNA TESTS, OR FUMBLING SPORTS TEAMS.
WE ARE NOT THE BACKS YOU BREAK, THE SLURS YOU USE, THE STEREOTYPES YOU UPHOLD.
WE ARE OLDER THAN YOUR BORDERS.
OUR ROOTS ARE THE GROUND YOU WALK ON.
OUR CULTURES THE FOUNDATION YOU’VE BUILT ON.
WE ARE THE ORIGINALS.
THIS IS OUR HISTORY.
THIS IS AMERICAN HISTORY.
THIS IS TRUTH.
This is Indian Country
Credit: Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress
Indigenous Land Acknowledgment
Land acknowledgments are more than just explanations name-checking the Tribes and Native nations whose lands we occupy. These statements help demonstrate respect for and awareness of the enduring relationship between Indigenous people and place. They also serve to educate others on Indigenous stories, issues, and histories that are often overlooked or have been suppressed. Learn more about the Indigenous land you live on. Please visit native-land.ca.