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Land Acknowledgement

by Ella Mallet


Land Acknowledgement
By: Ella
Parrott, Zach. "Indigenous Peoples in Canada". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 28 May 2020, Historica Canada.
I acknowledge that the land I stand, walk, live, work on belongs to the Algonquin peoples.

Je suis reconnaissante que la terre que nous avons rassemblés font partie du territoires les nations Algonquin. Lequel n'a jamais été cédé.

My ancestors all walked on this land in the 1800s immigrating from France, America, Scotland and Ireland. I’m not familiar with the land that belonged to the Algonquin peoples that came long before us. I recognize the long-standing relationship with this territory which remains unceded. I respect the land of the Algonquin peoples and continue to acknowledge the ancestral land I live, work, stand, walk on that came before me.
I recognize the troubles they went through and continue to learn more about and respect them as long as I live. This land is meaningful to me because the activities I do on this land are meaningful to me like dancing, going kayaking, going on summer walks, doing outdoor activities, going to school, etc.

I thank the Algonquin Anishinaabe (Awneeshee-naw-bay) peoples for the sacred land and traditional, unceded territory of their land that we are lucky to call home. I honor all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples for their valuable past and present contributions to this land and all the way across Canada.

The environment like animals, water, trees, flowers, sunshine, etc. are all special to me because this land is the Algonquin Anishinaabe (Awneeshee-naw-bay) peoples and I realize that I need to take care of the land just like they did.
My drawing was inspiried by the orginial version of the drawing. The lines on the bear have special meanings to them, 2 lines means sun and moon, 3 lines mean human spirit, 4 lines mean stages of life, and 7 lines mean the grandfather teachings. The drawing I put in the bear is the Avengers logo because it has a huge part of my life. My dad introduced me to it and it is something we bond over and it's really special cause we love Sci-Fi things like Star Wars, Marvel, etc.

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