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Land Acknowledgement

The Clarence-Rockland Public Library understands the need to recognize and embrace the principles of Truth and Reconciliation with Ontario’s Indigenous population, as outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report.

Section 1: Declaration

With this understanding, the Clarence-Rockland Public Library acknowledges the First Peoples on whose traditional territories we live and work. We believe that acknowledging territory shows recognition of and respect for Indigenous Peoples, both in the past and the present. We believe that the territorial acknowledgements are not simply a pro forma statement made before a meeting; but a vital part of the business. We believe that recognition and respect are essential elements of establishing healthy, reciprocal relations and are key to reconciliation. The Clarence-Rockland Public Library will use this Land Acknowledgement Declaration at the beginning of all meetings held at the library.

Clarence-Rockland is situated on the unceded traditional and ancestral land of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Nations. The Clarence-Rockland Public Library gratefully acknowledges these Indigenous nations for their guardianship of this land, and we honour them.

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