Knowledge Building at SCCDSB: First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Traditions, Cultures, and Perspectives
Acknowledgement of Ancestral Lands
The following Acknowledgement of Ancestral Lands has three components: yesterday, today, and tomorrow and reflects, in full circle, all that came before and all that comes after.
We are thankful for the Creator’s gift of Mother Earth, providing everything we need for life: air, water, land, and all of Creation. We acknowledge that this land, surrounded by water, on which we are gathered today is part of the ancestral land of the Anishinaabeg and later the Lunaapeewak. Together, as treaty people, we have a shared responsibility to act with respect for the environment, protecting the future for those generations to come.
Artwork by Cedric Isaac
Acknowledgement of Ancestral Lands Historical Background:
We acknowledge that the Chippewa, Odawa, Potawatomi, known as the Anishinaabeg, and the Lunaapeewak, inhabited these lands at the time of the written treaties, these being: Treaty #2; Treaty #7; Treaty #25; Treaty #29. We also acknowledge the earlier Indigenous people who travelled these lands prior to 1790 in the time of the Wampum treaties. It is through their connection with the spirit of the land, water and air that we recognize their unique culture, traditions, and values. Today, we are part of the land that sustains all life, and it is the sacred responsibility of all people to ensure that the environment remains protected. Finally, we acknowledge that their inherent languages preclude any English/French meaning.
Anishinaabeg Chippewa Lunaapeewak Odawa Potawatomi
(ah-nish-i-nah-beg) (chip-uh-wah) (le-naw-powuk) (ō-dah-wah) (pot-uh-wah-tuh-mee)
St. Clair Catholic District School Board Vision for Indigenous Education
To build cultural competency and develop an understanding of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, histories and perspectives in all St. Clair Catholic District School Board classrooms as we work towards improving student achievement and well-being among First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students.
To build reciprocal relationships with the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities based on trust, mutual respect, and sharing that will support and nurture the growing success of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students and all students as we serve as partners in the learning environments across St. Clair Catholic District School Board.