Walking the talk of recognition through walking land acknowledgements: Opinion

November 13, 2019

“What do groups mean when they say they recognize Indigenous presence, resilience and Land?” asks Matthew Robert Anderson. According to the author, settlers need to do more than “talk the talk” of Land acknowledgements by offering “walking acknowledgements,” which offer a way for non-Indigenous persons to demonstrate their verbal acknowledgement about unceded and traditional territories. Several Indigenous academics argue that Indigenous ways of knowing require the bodily recognition of one’s relationship to Creation and to others. “Only when Land acknowledgements are fully lived out — that is, when they deepen into meaningful economic, political and cultural change, will we really be walking in the true direction of reconciliation,” explains the author. However, Anderson cautions that walking acknowledgements “are only first steps toward education and consciousness-raising,” and should be organized in consultation with Indigenous communities. The Conversation (National)