Acknowledging Territories

 

Acknowledging territory shows recognition of and respect for Indigenous Peoples. It is recognition of their presence both in the past and the present. Recognition and respect are essential elements of establishing healthy, reciprocal relations. These relationships are key to reconciliation, a process to which CDSBEO is committed.

However, acknowledging territory is only the beginning of cultivating strong relationships with the First Peoples of Canada. CDSBEO recognizes that acknowledging the territory is an important step to reaching out to local Indigenous communities to open pathways for dialogue.

This is a general guide.  It is important to make yourself aware of the area in which your event is taking place.  If you are unsure, it is best to ask a local Indigenous community member.

 

For the Ottawa area (including Kemptville, Lanark, Hammond, Vankleek Hill):

 

We acknowledge that the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario gathers today on the unceded, traditional Algonquin territory of the Anishinaabe people.

CDSBEO also acknowledges that we share the land of the Mohawk territory of the Haudenosaunee/Rotinonhsho’n:ni people.

We respect both the land and the people of this land including all Indigenous people who have walked in this place.

 

See map:  http://www.tanakiwin.com/imap.html

In Mohawk territory (Cornwall, Brockville, Smith Falls, Ganaoque):

 

We acknowledge that the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario gathers today on the Mohawk territory of the Haudenosaunee/Rotinonhsho’n:ni people.

CDSBEO also acknowledges that some have also gathered on the unceded, traditional Algonquin territory of the Anishinaabe people.

We respect both the land and the people of this land including all Indigenous people who have walked in this place.