Making Land Acknowledgements in the University Setting Meaningful and Appropriate
by Ahliil Saitanan |
Div. of Population Health Sciences associate professor Corrie Whitmore co-authored a published article with her partner, Erik Carlson, in College Teaching about making land acknowledgements in university settings meaningful, titled "Making Land Acknowledgements in the University Setting Meaningful and Appropriate."
According to the article abstract, land acknowledgments are a step that educators and institutions can take to begin realigning their relationship with Indigenous peoples. However, many fear doing more harm than good when taking the first step of doing a land acknowledgment. In this paper, an instructor who overcame such hesitation and an Indigenous faculty member share a six-item framework for land acknowledgments developed in collaboration with Indigenous students, colleagues, and community members that greatly increases the likelihood of doing good rather than harm when delivering a land acknowledgement.