Recently, in Strathcona County news as well as many other news outlets, it was covered that Sherwood Park/Strathcona County Council voted down acknowledging the land treaty one which we reside in our School District.
Regardless of your personal views on the topic– here are few types of introductions for meetings…
- We [I] wish to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is Treaty 6 territory and a traditional meeting ground for many Indigenous peoples. The territory on which we reside provided a travelling route and home to the Cree, Blackfoot, and Métis, as it did for the Nakoda, Tsuu T’ina, Chipewyan, and other Indigenous peoples. Their spiritual and practical relationships to the land create a rich heritage for our learning and our life as a community.
- “We respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people.”
- “EICS acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.”
- “We at Elk Island Catholic School Distict…respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/ Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.”