WE24 Land Acknowledgment


Society of Women Engineers encourages all WE24 facilitators to open sessions with the following land acknowledgment:

We acknowledge, with respect, that at WE24 we gather on the ancestral homelands that intersect with several tribal nations: the Council of the Three Fires: the Potawatomi, Odawa, and Ojibwe Nations; the Illinois Confederacy: the Peoria and Kaskaskia Nations; and the Myaamia, Wea, Thakiwaki, and Meskwaki Nations. The Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Kiikaapoi, and Mascouten Nations also call the area home.

As we gather near several waterways, we honor with gratitude the land, its waterways, and the people who have been its stewards throughout the generations. We also honor their elders, past and present, as well as future generations. We continue to recognize Indigenous organizations such as the American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) who are doing this work.

Today, Chicago is home to one of the largest urban Indigenous communities in the United States. As a Chicago-based organization, it is SWE’s responsibility to acknowledge this historical context and to affirm our commitment to making our community and our society a more equitable, welcoming, and inclusive place for all.

Source: https://native-land.ca/ and https://www.newberry.org/land-acknowledgment

What Is a Land Acknowledgment?

A land acknowledgment recognizes and respects 1) Indigenous peoples as traditional stewards of the land and 2) the relationship between Indigenous peoples and their traditional territories.

SWE is committed to a practice of land acknowledgments as a small step toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. SWE hopes the use of land acknowledgment statements encourages individuals to think about what it means to occupy space on Indigenous lands.

What Is the Importance of a Land Acknowledgment?

SWE acknowledges the vast, diverse community joining WE24. We encourage our speakers to include the land acknowledgment provided above at the beginning of their sessions.

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How Do I Pronounce the Names of the Tribal Communities Mentioned in This Land Acknowledgment?

  • Potawatomi (pah-tuh-WAH-tuh-mee)
  • Odawa (oh-DAH-wah)
  • Ojibwe (oh-JIB-way)
  • Peoria (pea-OR-ee-ah)
  • Kaskaskia (kahs-KAHS-kee-ah)
  • Myaamia (me-YAH-me-ah)
  • Wea (WAY-ah)
  • Thakiwaki (thah-KEY-wah-key)
  • Meskwaki (meh-skw-AH-key)
  • Ho-Chunk (HOE-chunk)
  • Menominee (meh-NOM-ih-nee)
  • Kiikaapoi (KEE-kah-poy)
  • Mascouten (mah-SCOOT-en)

Moving Beyond a Land Acknowledgment
SWE prides itself on demonstrating the value of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and we realize that we are still learning. We recognize that a land acknowledgment by itself is a small gesture. As an organization, we are committed to supporting Indigenous people and continually examining our relationship between land and people.

SWE is grateful for our authentic partnership with the American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) and The Newberry (formerly The Newberry Library), whose roles were monumental in developing this land acknowledgment.

October 24-26, McCormick Place, Chicago Illinois

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