A good start is heading to native-land.ca to see a map of indigenous territories and which ones you or your space inhabit. You can then add a sentence to your listing noting each territory that you occupy. For example: “I want to acknowledge that we are on the indigenous land of the Munsee Lenape and Canarsie people.”
Land acknowledgement is how we can encourage an awareness of Indigenous presence and land rights in our community. In everyday life, it can be a subtle way to recognize the history of colonialism and a need for change in settler colonial societies.
However, this is just a first step towards combating settler colonial futurity. On their own and without further individual investigation, these acknowledgements are token gestures of solidarity rather than meaningful practices. We encourage every Lister to consider what it means to acknowledge the legacy of colonialism and our own personal responsibility to combat the on-going violence and trauma that is part of the structure of colonialism.
For more specifics tips on land acknowledgement, head to these tips from Native Land’s website or this guide from the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.