More than Words: A Living, Breathing Land Acknowledgement

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Starts:04/06/2023 10:00 AM

Ends:04/06/2023 12:00 PM

Registration Closes:04/06/2023 8:00 AM

Event Type: Webinar

2 CPD Hour(s)



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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.  


Why attend?   

  •  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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Speaker bio(s)
Suzanne Keeptwo

Suzanne Keeptwo is a professional writer, editor, facilitator and consultant. Her area of expertise is bridging cultural gaps of understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. She is currently dedicated to highlighting the truth and history of Eastern Métis, especially of Québec. She has worked across the nation state of Canada providing cultural awareness training to a variety of host clients including the Museum of Human Rights (Winnipeg); McGill University (Montréal); Full Circle: First Nations Performance (Vancouver); and, The Department of Natural Resources Canada (Ottawa). She is the author of We All Go Back To The Land: The Who, Why, and How of Land Acknowledgments (Brush Education Press, 2021). Suzanne also enjoys leading the Four Nations Exchange, an Indigenous grassroots theatre ensemble in traditional unceded Algonquin territory where she calls home.