A Land Acknowledgment recognizes the Indigenous Peoples who were the traditional stewards of their homelands here before the arrival of Europeans. It respects the enduring relationship
that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.
Why do we offer a Land Acknowledgment?
Offering this acknowledgment is an expression of humility and a recognition of the Indigenous inhabitants, past, present and future, on what are now Greenbelt properties.
It is important to understand the history that predates colonial settlement, the history of the conflicts and tragedies that have taken place since, and to seek to understand each person's
place within that history so that we can all plan a brighter future.
Does Greenbelt do anything more than acknowledge the land and its traditional stewards?
Yes. Greenbelt has updated its property page descriptions as of 2021 with better representation of Indigenous Peoples in the history and use sections of the texts. Updates to our trailhead
kiosks are ongoing and will also reflect that history. Staff have attended numerous workshops and educational sessions to bring our practices and policies up to date. We also work with local
Indigenous individuals and groups: in our capacity as a conservation resource in the region, to plan educational events and outings, and to consult on this Land Acknowledgment. We hope these
relationships will continue to grow as we plan together to conserve and protect nature in Essex County.
Special thanks to the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness for their kind assistance.