Collier Street United Church’s Social Action Task Force invites you to join us on Tuesday June 15 at 7 pm
Land Acknowledgements – Why are we doing them?
More and more often, people are utilizing land acknowledgements in openings. But if we don’t understand why we do them, what they should include, and where to find the pertinent information, how do we know we are doing them well? In this short presentation, Kelly will help us understand the importance of land acknowledgements and help us determine our own relationship to the words we use.
Speaker Kelly Brownbill’s spirit name, Wabunnoongakikwe, means Woman Who Comes from the East and she is proud to be Waabizhashi Dodem, Marten Clan. She is a member of the Flat Bay community of the Mi’kmaq Nation in Newfoundland and a member of the Three Fires Midewin Lodge. Kelly’s major focus continues to be assisting agencies of all kinds to become more culturally competent in offering services to Indigenous Peoples. This work includes conducting cultural awareness programs across a wide range of service sectors and facilitating individual organizations in their diversity work. She has been published in 2 peer reviewed texts, adding Indigenous views to issues of addiction and employee assistance programming and is the Senior Editor and Cultural Advisor of 4 Canoes magazine and Canoe Kids books. Kelly continues to follow the guidance of her elders, both here and in the spirit realm.