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We encourage people to do the research’: A look at developing land acknowledgments – New West Record

by ahnationtalk on October 27, 2021162 Views

When Lance Cardinal was approached by the Edmonton Oilers to act as an Indigenous consultant, the Cree artist and designer knew the first thing he wanted to do was create a land acknowledgment.

Cardinal worked with the National Hockey League team and Chief Wilton Littlechild, a former commissioner for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to come up with a video briefly describing the history of the land that the club’s downtown arena sits on.

In a pre-recorded video, Littlechild delivered the team’s first land acknowledgment at its home opening game Oct. 13.

“As chief, I welcome you here to Treaty 6 territory. This land has been the traditional region for homelands of the Metis people of Alberta, the Inuit and ancestral territory of the Cree, Dene, Blackfoot, Saulteaux and Nakota Sioux people since time immemorial. The recognition of our history on this land is an act of reconciliation and we honour those who walk with us,” says Littlechild.

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