What is a Land Acknowledgement?
A Land Acknowledgment is a formal statement, typically performed at the start of an event, that recognizes Indigenous peoples as traditional stewards of the land and the enduring relationship between Indigenous peoples and their traditional homelands. It is a spoken embodied action toward greater public learning of Indigenous sovereignty and cultural rights.
In practice, a Land Acknowledgment is a verbal statement usually given at the beginning of a meeting or event. The practice may be integrated into everyday proceedings and/or into written form (i.e., plaque, syllabus, opening slide).