MPC believes that we must honor the history and context of our work so that we can work to repair the harm done to our tribal communities - to this end, we are sharing our land acknowledgment and resources for you to develop your own statement:
Dawnland Signals 11/19/20: Land Acknowledgments
Critical conversations of truth, healing, and change in the Dawnland
-The origin of the new found interest in land acknowledgements
-Different types of land acknowledgments
-Appropriate ways to do a land acknowledgement
Guests: Dr. Darren Ranco, Penobscot, Chair Native American Programs, UMaine; Diane Oltrazewski, Belfast resident, Maine-Wabanaki REACH Board.
Acknowledging the Land by Maria Girouard, Executive Director
Frequently Asked Questions from the Conservation Community about Wabanaki Tribes and engagement with Wabanaki Tribes
Should my organization do a land acknowledgement, and how?
- Read these articles that weigh the pros, cons, and limitations of land acknowledgements, from Indigenous perspectives.
- Reflect on your motivations for doing a land acknowledgement.
- Educate yourself through First Light and the Conservation Community Delegation about the land your organization currently stewards and its value to Wabanaki people, without asking too much of Tribal members.
- Accept that land acknowledgment alone is not enough. It’s merely a starting point for deeper engagement and allyship with local tribes.