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City of St. John’s to acknowledge unceded Indigenous land – The Telegram

by ahnationtalk on February 15, 2018202 Views

Council approves acknowledgement before public meetings

St. John’s city council will take a moment at the next city council meeting to acknowledge the Indigenous communities who came before those who colonized the province.

Land acknowledgements are becoming more common across Canada. They allow people to recognize the Indigenous people who lived in Canada before European settlers arrived.

In St. John’s case, the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq and Labrador Indigenous communities will be recognized in the statement, to be read before any public meetings organized by the city.

The motion was brought forward on Wednesday by Mayor Danny Breen and Deputy Mayor Sheilagh O’Leary.

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