Hollow Words or Reconciliation?
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Hollow Words or Reconciliation?

“I would like to acknowledge that we are meeting today on the traditional territories of the _______ Nation, who have occupied this Territory since time immemorial.” Many of us have become familiar with opening words like these at the start of formal meetings or public events. Territorial acknowledgements between Indigenous groups recognizing whose land they are on have existed for many years. Recently we see more non-Indigenous groups using these statements to recognize and honour the local Indigenous people as the original inhabitants of the land. This land acknowledgement is meant to be an act of reconciliation, but is it really more than just hollow words?