A lot has been written about the use of territorial acknowledgments. Even when questioning their effectiveness most people still agree that land acknowledgment is a good starting place for honoring the process of truth and reconciliation. The problem is when territorial acknowledgments are both the starting and finishing line for what should be an ongoing process of decolonization and reconciliation.
There are several places to find more information regarding how to create a territorial acknowledgement for your organization. The US Department of Arts and Culture , a grassroots activist movement, recommends a four step plan that might be the most accessible.
If you’d like to read more about our process in Memphis, you can start here: Land Acknowledgement Part 1
Further Reading and More Information:
A List of US College and Universities with Land Acknowledgments:
Undoubtedly there are others, this will be updated as we find them. Other faculty use statements on their syllabi that are not adopted by their universities, and are therefore not represented on the list.