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How to do a territorial acknowledgment – Folio

If you’re going to recognize the Indigenous history of the land you’re on, here are five ways to make it meaningful.


If you’re going to do a territorial acknowledgment, make sure it’s coming from a good place, say Indigenous leaders at the University of Alberta.

“I see [territorial acknowledgments] happening more than ever before. We just have to come to the same grounding, space and understanding of each other. Knowing our histories, unpacking our truths, unpacking the history we were told, really that’s what it comes down to,” said Shana Dion, assistant dean, First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.

A territorial acknowledgment is just that, she added—an acknowledgment that before whatever is currently on the land, it was previously occupied by our ancestors.

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