A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.
– Northwestern University
Land Acknowledgement and Actions
The AIC and FAIC headquarters are in Washington, DC, the ancestral home of the Piscataway Conoy Tribe, Piscataway Indian Nation, the Nacotchtank People, and other Chesapeake Indigenous Tribes. We acknowledge the history of genocide, forced removal, and systemic oppression that impact these communities and have enabled us to occupy offices on their traditional lands. We understand that the livelihood of these communities and people is inseparable from their land, and that they continue to face loss, inequity, and discrimination through continuing colonialism.
Due to the inseparable nature of culture and place, we encourage heritage professionals to educate themselves about the history of the lands upon which they live and work and to respectfully engage with Indigenous communities. Responsible and sustainable preservation decision-making must center Native people, their perspectives, and their knowledge. AIC and FAIC recognize the sovereignty of tribal nations and the importance of Indigenous practitioners of conservation, collections care, and preservation activities. We welcome suggestions for ways we can partner with Indigenous communities, advocate for their efforts, and support their preservation of their cultural heritage.
This land acknowledgement is a growing and evolving statement, developed by AIC and FAIC staff with help from the Equity and Inclusion Committee, and approved by the AIC and FAIC boards.
—Published May 2, 2022
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