Territorial Acknowledgement and Resources:
We are on a humble journey in learning more about territory acknowledgment following the guidance of the wisdom of Elders, consultation with Indigenous community members and Indigenous cultural safety and humility resources.
The College, amongst 11 health profession colleges, believes its responsibility is to continue to action upon the Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility and Anti-Racism Practice Standard by sharing our learnings from our training and resource development initiatives with our community.
The following is a list of resources that we have referenced along our Indigenous cultural safety and humility journey.
The College recognizes that those accessing this site are from all different parts of British Columbia and beyond. For resources about traditional territory acknowledgments please find the following links.
What is a territory acknowledgement?
Acknowledging territory is a simple act of giving thanks to and honoring the First Peoples on whose traditional territories we live and work.
Traditional acknowledgments show recognition of and respect for Indigenous communities, who have protected and have been stewards of the land for where we live and work in time immemorial. Recognition and respect are essential elements of establishing healthy, reciprocal relations. These relationships are key to reconciliation.
While acknowledging territory is important, it is only a small part of cultivating strong Indigenous relationships.
Acknowledging territory and First Peoples should take place within the context of genuine and continuous work to forge real understanding, and to challenge colonial legacies.