A Protocol for School District #33 (Chilliwack)
ABORIGINAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT – SCHOOL DISTRICT #33 CHILLIWACK
Why do we Acknowledge Territory?
When opening an important event or function, we acknowledge the traditional territory of the Aboriginal people who have occupied this land since time immemorial.
The Stó:lō territory is comprised of twenty four First Nations that spans the area from Fort Langley to Yale BC.
The territory is part of the Coast Salish region of southwestern British Columbia. We respect all of the Aboriginal people who have not ceded the land in the Lower Fraser Valley nor have had treaties signed.
How do we Acknowledge Territory?
Any school district staff can acknowledge the traditional territory.
Only the Aboriginal people who live on that territory or are originally from the territory would welcome people.
The host is the person to acknowledge the territory. It is not necessary to have an Aboriginal person from the territory do this.
For larger more important events, it is proper protocol to have an Elder or designate from the host Nation to perform the Opening or Welcome, if possible.
When would we acknowledge territory?
The acknowledgment is carried out at functions such as:
- Important meetings or presentations
- Awards nights
- Celebrations which include Aboriginal community