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About Our Land Acknowledgement

Vermont Humanities acknowledges that we do our work on Abenaki land.

We recognize the indigenous culture and people that existed in N’dakinna (Homeland) long before Europeans arrived in North America.

We commit to policies and practices of cultural equity to benefit current and future generations.

Why do we acknowledge that Vermont is founded on Abenaki land? We believe that it is vitally important that all people understand that this land was stewarded by the Abenaki people for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. We cannot tell the real stories of Vermont and Vermonters without acknowledging this basic fact of history. 

The tradition of land acknowledgements began in Canada and is now used by many cultural organizations across North America. To learn more about the importance of land acknowledgements, please visit www.landacknowledgements.org.

To learn more about some of the many different groups of the Abenaki People of N’dakinna in Northern New England and Quebec please visit the following websites:

Vermont Humanities believes that acknowledging the continuous presence and stewardship of indigenous people is one step toward creating a more just and equitable community.

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