Land acknowledgment is an initial and foundational step toward reconciliation. It is significant and important for many reasons:
- Indicates reverence and respect for the land and Native inhabitants who have cared for the land from the earliest times.
- Encourages understanding and appreciation of Native culture, past and present.
- Supports the sharing of truth related to the “discovery” of America, colonization, treaties, and current practices that impact Native communities.
- Emphasizes recognition of tribal sovereignty and the resilience of Indigenous peoples.
- States a commitment to learning about and partnering with Indigenous communities.