Land Acknowledgement


Our youngest students performing a colourful Land Acknowledgement, based on OutDoor Education Teacher Jenny’s experience salmon fishing with her daughter in Tkaronto’s rivers. They highlighted the importance of the land and its abundant resources. and the way we interact with it.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Land

This area of Turtle Island, Tkaronto, where our community lives and learns, is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This land is in the Dish With One Spoon territory, a treaty reminding us to share fairly and ensure everyone is given what they need. We recognize all the work these and other Nations have done and continue to do to care for the lands that take care of us.

We recognize the genocide of Indigenous peoples that is part of Canada’s history. We honour the lives of the children lost to the system of Residential Schools by educating ourselves more on how the legacy of survivors leads us to make reconciliation a reality. We are committed to listening with our hearts and creating genuine acts of reconciliation in and beyond our classrooms. 

Further, we recognize that Land Acknowledgements are a small step towards reconciliation. At Linden, our staff and students create unique and meaningful land acknowledgements for each event held here, reflecting not only the event itself and its connection with Indigenous history but also the personal experience of the author of the land acknowledgement.

Read or view some examples here:

Festival of Lights Land Acknowledgment by Beth Alexander

Career Day Land Acknowledgement by Deanna Harris

National Truth and Reconciliation Day Land Acknowledgement by Eliza McCarthy and the Grade 11s