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2022 GIA Conference
New York | Oct 6 – 12

How to Acknowledge Indigenous Land Wherever You Are

Every community owes its existence and vitality to generations from around the world who contributed their hopes, dreams, and energy to making the history that led to this moment. Some were brought here against their will, some were drawn to leave their distant homes in hope of a better life, and some have lived on this land for more generations than can be counted. Truth and acknowledgment are critical to building mutual respect and connection across all barriers of heritage and difference. We begin this effort to acknowledge what has been buried by honoring the truth. We are standing on the ancestral lands. We pay respects to the Elders and People of this land, past and present. Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us together here today. And, please join us in uncovering such truths at any and all public events.

Want to see or hear a great example?

In her opening remarks, Korina Emmerich, Puyallup, designer, and activist offers an exemplary reminder that Indigenous peoples are still here and present and we must actively fight against their erasure.

To learn more about the Native land you occupy and how to compose your unique land acknowledgement that is local to your community, we recommend this USDAC guide and this Native Land map. We also encourage you to reach out to your local Native and Indigenous communities for guidance on how to do this respectfully.

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