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As environmental educators, we have a unique opportunity to engage youth meaningfully with nature. With this comes a responsibility to examine our own relationship to the land we live and teach on, and to learn about the relationship the local indigenous communities had and have with the land. We can also engage our students in this conversation, guiding them to thoughtfully develop a relationship with land and nature. One way to do this is to include territorial acknowledgments in our programming. At their core, territorial acknowledgments name the indigenous peoples who first lived on the land and call attention to their enduring presence.
The above introduction is adapted from the BEETLES Project website: http://beetlesproject.org/resources/territorialacknowledgment/
The 4-H Camps and Learning Centers, as part of the Cooperative Extension of the University of Maine, recognize that we are located around the state in the homeland of Wabanaki people, where issues of water and territorial rights, and encroachment upon sacred sites are ongoing. We recognize that Wabanaki (Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot) Tribal Nations are distinct, sovereign, legal, and political entities with their own powers of self–governance and self–determination. We respect the Wabanaki People as the original stewards of this land. We thank them for their strength and resilience in caring for this land for hundreds of years. We recognize that we have a responsibility to continue working to change the systems that continue to allow injustice and inequality to exist. We are committed to listening, learning, and building relationships while serving as stewards to this land.
The University of Maine 4-H Center at Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).
Any person who needs an accommodation to participate in a Tanglewood or Blueberry Cove program should contact the office at 207.789.5868 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss their needs in advance.