We All Go Back To The Land: The Who, Why, And How Of Land Acknowledgements

January 25, 2021|
We All Go Back To The Land: The Who, Why, And How Of Land Acknowledgements by Suzanne Keeptwo
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Getting the Land Acknowledgement Right

Land Acknowledgements often begin academic conferences, cultural events, government press gatherings, and even hockey games. They are supposed to be an act of Reconciliation between Indigenous peoples in Canada and non-Indigenous Canadians, but they have become so routine and formulaic that they have sometimes lost meaning. Seen more and more as empty words, some events have dropped Land Acknowledgements altogether.

Métis artist and educator Suzanne Keeptwo wants to change that. She sees the Land Acknowledgement as an opportunity for Indigenous peoples in Canada to communicate a message to non-Indigenous Canadians—a message founded upon Age Old Wisdom about how to sustain the Land we all want to call home.

For Keeptwo, the Land Acknowledgement is a way to teach and a way to learn: a living, evolving record of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada and the Land that for millennia was respectfully held in pristine condition. As Keeptwo says: “Everything comes back to the Land—as our common denominator and most perfect unifier for Reconciliation.” This is an indispensable guide to getting the contemporary Land Acknowledgement right.

Suzanne Keeptwo, Métis (Algonkin/French and Irish) of Québec, is both an artist and professional educator who merges traditional Anishinaabe Teachings and artistic expression to inform others about Indigenous historical truths and contemporary realities. She has worked across the country as a professional facilitator with host clients ...
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Title:We All Go Back To The Land: The Who, Why, And How Of Land Acknowledgements
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:344 pages, 7.5 X 0.8 X 5.5 in
Shipping dimensions:344 pages, 7.5 X 0.8 X 5.5 in
Published:January 25, 2021
Publisher:Brush Education
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781550598674

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