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Engineers Canada releases guide to acknowledging First Peoples and traditional land

2020.06.18

June 21, 2020 is Indigenous Peoples Day, a day for Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

As Engineers Canada celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day, we recognize the contributions of Indigenous people and knowledge keepers, who have been doing engineering for thousands of years, but who have not historically been recognized for their expertise.

As part of our recognition of Indigenous histories, Engineers Canada has developed a guide for our staff and volunteers to acknowledge First Peoples and traditional lands when they host meetings, public events, or conferences. In addition, our organization is embarking on Indigenous awareness training with 4 Seasons of Reconciliation.

Although land acknowledgments have become ubiquitous in Canada, there are still many opportunities for us to learn about traditional protocol and the role that land acknowledgements can play on our path towards truth and reconciliation. The guide offers an understanding of the value of land acknowledgements, and tips, templates, and protocols for how to do a land acknowledgement in a personal and meaningful way.

The guide is available on Engineers Canada’s website.