This land use acknowledgement is intended to communicate our ongoing, and active reflection of what happened in the past, and to create space for Indigenous reconciliation in the present and future.
Acknowledgement of the land is a traditional custom of Indigenous peoples when welcoming outsiders onto their land and into their homes. To build respectful relationships, acknowledging the land is an important part of reconciliation. It honors the authentic history of North America and its original people, and tells the story of the creation of this country that has historically been missing.
Lavender Counselling acknowledges that we work in a region South of the Fraser River, which is the traditional and ancestral lands of several nations. This territory is home to the Kwantlen, Musqueam, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt, and Kwikwetlem peoples.
We acknowledge the many First Nations who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations. We are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today, and for those who have gone before us. We make this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we have the privilege to visit.