We extend our support for the Indigenous communities of this continent, who mourn the loss of their children.
What transpired at the boarding and residential schools across Canada and the US is a tragic event beyond the words.
We demand that those rights, the demands, and the words said from the mouths of Indigenous Peoples in their own voices to be acknowledged in all aspects related to the genocide that has been committed against their tradition.
Moz Moz we have been working for the past season together with Tribes, Nations, and Bands in the traditional areas where our offices are located to draft the officially approved declaration of land Acknowledgement but we have much to be learning. We have suggested these sources for our members of the community to gain more education to assist Indigenous Peoples.
The first step in changing is to educate yourself. We’ve put together resources can be used to learn more about the tragic events that have occurred:
- Learn about the happenings that took place in the residential and boarding schools.
- Be aware of those who have survived. Indigenous survivors and their advocates have dedicated their lives to telling their stories to everyone around the globe about the terrible crime against humanity. Explore their stories, and then communicate them to the world as well as across the world.
- Read Indigenous journalism. You may want to think about publishing publications like Indian Country Today, Windspeaker as well as The Indigenous Environmental Network as part of your reading routine for the day.
- Learn how to be an all-in ally for Indigenous communities. The Dr. Lynn Gehl shares an Ally Bill of Responsibilities and Amnesty International offers a helpful guide on the site.
Many non-Indigenous people live on stolen land. It is important to take the time to understand about and support the Indigenous communities that surround you.
- Find out the location of your current. Native-land.ca is a community-contributed interactive map that shares the Peoples, languages, and treaties for a given geographic location. Learn about the land that you live on, as and the people where it originated, the Tribes, Nations , and Bands who currently reside there, as well as their varied cultures. This map is currently developing. Find more details on the websites of Indigenous communities within your area and from books created by Indigenous Indigenous writers.
- Find ways to assist the Tribes that are closest to you. For instance, in Seattle there is the Real Rent Duwamish project allows residents to pay rent to one of our local but sadly, federally not recognized Tribes. You can also sign this petition asking for be the US federal government respect the 1865 treaty Treaty of Point Elliott and recognize the Duwamish Tribe.
- Start a conversation with your business about the possibility of creating and publishing the declaration of land Acknowledgement to your web site. For instance, here is an example of Duwamish tribe’s suggestions regarding these declarations. Here’s an example statement found on the site operated by Seattle Central College.
Every person has the potential to make a difference. These are the actions you can do now to demonstrate your gratitude that is shared by Indigenous communities.
- Encourage transparency in the field of education. Historical errors and omissions are commonplace when kids are taught about the violent colonial history of the North American past. Making sure that children learn facts about their own history even in the most horrific aspects is the best way to break that cycle.
- Contact your representative. If you’re within the US this website that is operated by the US government will help you in connecting with your municipal elected representatives. For Canada go to the On Canada Project here. If you’re not an indigenous resident and want to inform the authorities that you favor of the particular needs and the demands of Indigenous Peoples in their own terms. They speak in their own words.
- Amplify Indigenous voices. It’s true it is a fact that the SEO community is extremely active in social media. Check out the joining Indigenous Friends via Twitter and Facebook and other social networks, learning from their posts and sharing content via one’s personal accoun