Land acknowledgments are an effort to pay respect to, and be in an act of reconciliation with, Indigenous peoples of the territory upon which non-Indigenous Canadians reside. The Land Acknowledgment is to express our human relationship with, and our personal connection to, the land while honoring the Original Peoples of these lands.
Beyond simply words, land acknowledgements are an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of pre-colonial and contemporary concepts of relationality. Lately, there are many iterations that have become routine and formulaic, and sorely absent of environmental and social justice initiatives.
So, with this in mind, what steps do we need to take to get the land acknowledgement right?
Suzanne Keeptwo, professional writer, editor, author, and facilitator of Indigenous Cultural Sensitivity Training sees the land acknowledgement as an opportunity for Indigenous peoples in Canada to communicate a message to non-Indigenous Canadians — a message founded upon age old wisdom about how to sustain the land we all call home.
In this presentation, Suzanne will highlight essential truths and knowledge for implementing and creating an effective land acknowledgement. She will demonstrate how to conduct impactful land acknowledgements that are intended to raise awareness about connections to the land and why land acknowledgements are an essential learning tool to assist with meaningful reconciliation.
This presentation is intended for individuals who are committed to truth and reconciliation, although especially recommended for leaders and decision-makers within their organizations. Developing meaningful land acknowledgements as ongoing testaments to reconciliation with various peoples and the Earth itself is the goal.
Learn from a leading expert on how to integrate an impactful and reflective Land Acknowledgement that is essential to meaningful reconciliation.
To strengthen workplaces by establishing meaningful connections by embracing, respecting, and learning about Indigenous cultures and traditional teachings.
Collaborate with and learn from other HR professionals who may be facing similar challenges surrounding their experience with Land Acknowledgements
Who should attend?
HR Specialists, HR Generalists, HR Managers, HR Directors, HR Business Partners
Business Leaders who are responsible for the decision making within their organizations
HR Professionals who are involved with organizational effectiveness, psychological safety, change-management, and IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) principles in the workplace.
HRPA is pleased to bring this workshop to you as our part of our response to the Truth And Reconciliation Calls To Action #92.
Suggested pre-reading: We All Go Back to the Land: The Who, Why and How of Land Acknowledgements.
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