Why include a land acknowledgment on your website

Updated Jan 6 2024 to add simplified summary plus updated links

On April 14th 2022, we added a land acknowledgment to our website at Clarity Web Design Studio. We did this because it’s important to recognize the Indigenous peoples whose land we live and work on. We hope sharing our journey encourages you to do the same.

Last year, Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation’s announcement about the 215 unmarked graves at a former school was a wake-up call. It was the start of discoveries revealing the tragic history of missing children in Indigenous communities. Since then, the Canadian government has started allocating funds for searches at former schools. Over 1,100 graves have been found across Canada.

The media spotlight on this issue barely scratches the surface of the injustices faced by Indigenous people in our country. As descendants of settlers, it’s our duty to learn about and take steps towards reconciliation with First Peoples.

My Journey

I grew up near a large Indigenous reserve, but my education offered little about their history. It wasn’t until a few years ago, attending a Kairos Blanket Exercise, that I truly began to understand. I started reading Indigenous authors and completed a course on Indigenous perspectives.

What’s a Land Acknowledgment?

A land acknowledgment recognizes and thanks the Indigenous peoples for caring for the land long before Canada existed. It’s a way to acknowledge colonial history and the need for change. Acknowledgments differ across Canada based on diverse Indigenous communities and treaties.

Living in Mi’kmaq territory now, I’ve written a specific acknowledgment for Clarity Web Design Studio, honoring the treaties and First Peoples in my area.

Why Businesses Should Acknowledge Land:

For businesses, including a land acknowledgment on your site is a small step towards reconciliation. It shows respect and a willingness to learn. But it’s just the beginning; there’s much more to do. Here are resources that helped me learn:

If you’re not sure how to go about adding a Land Acknowledgment to your own website, feel free to reach out.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. We are all treaty people.

Simplified Summary

We added a land acknowledgment to our website to honor the Indigenous people whose land we live and work on. A land acknowledgment thanks Indigenous communities for caring for the land, and signals a commitment to change. Businesses can show respect by including one on their websites. Thank you for reading. We are all treaty people.

4 thoughts on “Why include a land acknowledgment on your website”

  1. Thank you for this article. It certainly gives me/us a lot to think about. It has also given me a better understanding of why we use Land Acknowledgements.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Tish! Each of us needs to consider how we’ll walk the path of reconciliation, and this is only one very small (important) step.

  2. This post is inspiring and I’m grateful for your resources list. That’s where I will start my journey into this important step towards reconciliation. I realize how grateful I am to have connected with many indigenous youth who were moved from their families and homes to my high school. As you mention, not everyone has the opportunity to build relationships with indigenous people. I’m hoping to bridge this disconnect by offering indigenous business owners complimentary access to our Masterclasses. Awareness of the TRC Calls to Action is where I’ll start.

    1. Thank you for sharing, Laural. I think the TRC and the Calls to Action are the best possible starting points for us settler descendents; the CTAs are requests that we all should recognize and do our best to publicly support.

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