November is Native American Heritage Month! The observation was established to celebrate the culture, history and contributions of First Nations people.
As you honor the day, recognize that First Nations lived on this land long before Europeans and others arrived with a long relationship and strong connection to this land. At UW-Green Bay, we are aware that the ground on which we built was land of First Nations people, and we are thankful to enjoy it. You can read UW-Green Bay’s Land Acknowledgement here. Other companies and organizations are making similar acknowledgements.
You may also want to research First Nations history and culture, starting with the cultures that call our region home. Hearing their stories may bring you new perspectives and create a deeper understanding of the people and land around you. If you spend time with First Nations people directly, you are likely to learn a lot about their culture and history. UW-Green Bay offers a fantastic resource through the Center for First Nations Studies Oral Scholars in Residence program. You can find more information here!
Finally, we hope you’ll be an ally. All peoples and cultures deserve respect, so be sure to support one another whenever possible acknowledge the sovereign rights held by the First Nations and their people and appreciate that we all have ties to this area and that we all share its land and resources. We are community and positive change happens when we work together!
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Writing/Research Credit: Benjamin Kopetsky, UW-Green Bay Marketing Intern