On Thanksgiving today it is important to remember that the Amish communities have yet to cede land back to Native Americans! I would like to acknowledge the Nisqually tribe on whose land I am currently a guest.
Native-Land.ca’s map uses the digital landscape to emphasize the Indigenous territories and languages across North America.
Today is an opportunity to reflect on the occupation of this land.
Today is an opportunity to acknowledge that the area commonly referred to as the Puget Sound is on the land of the Coast Salish, Stillaguamish, Suquamish, Tulalip, Chimacum, Snohomish, Duwamish, Puyallup, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Squaxin, S’Klallam, Twana/Skokomish, and Skagit.
Today, I want to share resources for non-Indigenous people through which we can practice confronting our occupation of this land.
For people looking to learn about territorial acknowledgments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Tei5tGoQ4s
For people looking to donate money: https://www.firstnations.org/fndi_donate/
For people who don’t know about the territories they occupy: native-land.ca
And I want to leave you with words I’m thinking about:
“If we think of territorial acknowledgments as sites of potential disruption, they can be transformative acts that to some extent undo Indigenous erasure. I believe this is true as long as these acknowledgments discomfit both those speaking and hearing the words. The fact of Indigenous presence should force non-Indigenous peoples to confront their own place on these lands.” (Chelsea Vowel, Métis, Beyond Territorial Acknowledgements)