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Territorial Land Acknowledgement

Why we use land acknowledgements

Territorial land acknowledgements are one way to demonstrate our commitment to indigenization and decolonization. A new land acknowledgement for NAIT reinforces our shared understanding that NAIT is located on land that was, and continues to be, Treaty Six territory and that we recognize there is more to learn and more work to be done as we move toward truth and reconciliation. We acknowledge the people who have lived on this land from time immemorial. 

Land acknowledgements are an opportunity for us to reflect on the impacts of colonialism, in its historical, current and ongoing context. Land acknowledgements are also a call to action, serving as a reminder for all of us to draw upon the wisdom of Canada's First Peoples. 

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NAIT's land acknowledgement

This land acknowledgement can be used to open NAIT events, large meetings, town halls, and other organized activities with internal and external guests.

At NAIT, we honour and acknowledge that the land on which we learn, work and live is Treaty Six territory. This place is a traditional homeland for the First Nations and Métis Peoples, and today we are all part of this treaty land. The traditional name of this place is Amiskwaciy Waskahikan [a-mis-kwa-CHEE  wah-SKAY-gun], which we also call the city of Edmonton.  

There is a long history that has brought us to be on this land. At NAIT, we seek to learn from that history and the lessons that have come before us, and to draw on the wisdom of the First Peoples in Canada who have lived on this land from time immemorial. Through this land acknowledgement, we have an opportunity and responsibility to reflect on the impacts of colonialism, historically and currently. Only through learning can we move forward in truth and reconciliation, and to a better future together. 

Abbreviated version

The land acknowledgement can also be abbreviated to use at events, in documents, email signatures and for other purposes.

At NAIT, we honour and acknowledge that the land on which we learn, work and live is Treaty Six territory. We seek to learn from history and the lessons that have come before us, and to draw on the wisdom of the First Peoples in Canada. Only through learning can we move forward in truth and reconciliation, and to a better future together.