At Bertha Kennedy School, we started giving the land acknowledgement at our staff meetings two years ago. Since then, after a staff suggestion, the parents have embraced it at the beginning of their monthly School Council meetings. And for the past year, student assemblies always begin with students giving the land acknowledgement. The students have come to expect the acknowledgement at the beginning of the “Helping Hands Assemblies” and look forward to taking a turn to lead it.
What followed was a team effort as we searched to have a more permanent display of the land acknowledgement - something that the students could see and understand even when not hearing it at an assembly. An artistic and permanent display was created for the hall bulletin board. It is a simple but effective reminder to everyone who views it to deepen our understanding of all who share this land.