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Land Acknowledgements / Reconnaissance des territoires


Acknowledging the land is a demonstration of respect and gratitude for Indigenous peoples as the original stewards of the land. To acknowledge the land is an act of reconciliation and contributes towards renewing the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Providing a land acknowledgement is not something you just do before an event, but rather a thoughtful and intentional process. 

The following are suggested guidelines for acknowledging the traditional territory: 

  • If possible, the land acknowledgement should be provided as part of the daily opening event (prior to the national anthem) by the host.
  • Consider sharing the land acknowledgement specific to your area, or share the general acknowledgement for all Treaty areas within Alberta (used for large events that encompass participation from all areas across the province).
  • Consider viewing the Acknowledging Land and People Map resource to determine the appropriate land acknowledgement. 

Here are phonetic pronunciations for nations included within the land acknowledgements: Dene (Den-ay), Saulteaux (Soh-toe), Nakota Sioux (Na-ko-ta Soo), Kainai (Kye-nye), Piikani (Peeka-nee), Siksika (Sik-si-ka), Tsuu T’ina (Soot-ina).

The following is a general land acknowledgement for all Treaty areas within Alberta: 

The Alberta Teachers’ Association acknowledges Treaty 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10 territories within Alberta. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for generations. We are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. We recognize the land as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on or are visiting.

L’Alberta Teachers’ Association reconnait les territoires visés par les Traités nos 4, 6, 7, 8 et 10 situés en Alberta. Nous reconnaissons les nombreux membres des peuples des Premières Nations, les Métis et les Inuits dont les pas foulent ces terres depuis des générations. Nous sommes reconnaissants envers les gardiens du savoir traditionnel et les Ainés, ceux qui sont toujours parmi nous comme ceux qui nous ont précédés. Nous reconnaissons ces terres en guise d’acte de réconciliation et pour exprimer notre gratitude envers ceux dont le territoire est l’endroit où nous résidons ou que nous visitons.



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French, Traités nos 6, 7 et 8
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General (Eng/Fr)
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Single Treaties

Treaty 6 (Eng/Fr)
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Treaty 7 (Eng/Fr) 
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Treaty 8 (Eng/Fr) 
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Specific Treaties

Treaty 4 & 7 (Eng/Fr)
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Treaty 6 & 7 (Eng/Fr) 
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Treaty 6 & 8 (Eng/Fr)
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Multiple Treaties

Treaties 6, 7 & 8 (Eng/Fr)
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Acknowledging Land and People Map

Acknowledging Land and People Map 

Reconnaissance des Territoires et des Peuples

If you require further information or have any questions related to land acknowledgements, please contact Melissa Purcell, Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Indigenous Education, at 780-447-9497 or Melissa.Purcell@ata.ab.ca.