To recognize the history of the land we call home, and to express our gratitude for its protectors, past and present, we make the following Land Acknowledgement:
We acknowledge that L’Arche Calgary is located on traditional and ancestral Treaty 7 Territory. Treaty 7 includes the Niitsitapi, or the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Dene of the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Îyâxe (Stoney) Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). This territory is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland.
Our L’Arche community lives and works near the place where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, now called the City of Calgary. This sacred gathering place is known as Moh’kins’stsis by the Blackfoot, Wîchîspa by the Nakoda, and Guts’ists’i by the Tsuut’ina. This acknowledgement is made in the spirit of respect and reconciliation, acknowledging our shared responsibilities to the land and to each other.
We are all treaty people.