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It is also important to initiate conversations, nurture enduring relationships with Native communities, and create space for native perspectives to be present and heard.
Awareness requires diligent research and reflection to gain an understanding of the relationships between Indigenous communities and their lands. In all instances, the primary purpose of Land Awareness is to honor local tribal communities by recognizing their sovereignty and historical contributions over the land.
Land Awareness centrally rests with tribal communities being respected in all capacities and should help foster transformative experiences in our world.
Everywhere in America is Native Land, journeying coast to coast, and we should recognize the thriving presence of tribal communities, native peoples, and ongoing history being made.
Take a step today by joining Running Strong’s Land Awareness Pledge and acknowledging ‘I AM ON NATIVE LAND.’!
Land Awareness acknowledges, respects, and affirms the connections between Indigenous Peoples and the land, emphasizing the importance of tribal communities, the occupied or unceded status of native lands, and all surrounding history. Land Awareness also brings to light the experiences, perspectives, and histories that hold crucial significance in both contemporary and future narratives; as tribal communities continue resolving the long-lasting and widespread impacts of cultural erasure, the practices of Land Awareness play a pivotal role in tribal communities being in spaces that have been historically exclusive.
Land Awareness can be practiced by anyone and is increasingly being seen through an acknowledgment, whether it is the universal inclusion of one within email signatures, stationery, and publications, or through the allotments of time within gatherings for one to be publicly presented.