Squamish strongly objects to West Vancouver council dropping reading of land acknowledgment at meetings
The Squamish Nation Council has called on the West Vancouver mayor to meet with Squamish leaders to discuss the district’s decision to drop reading land acknowledgments at meetings.
In a strongly worded letter from the Squamish council to Mayor Mark Sager, the Squamish said the decision showed a lack of respect and was a “setback to the positive relationship we have been cultivating with West Vancouver over the years.”
“The action of unilaterally omitting verbal land acknowledgments from your opening remarks demonstrates a lack of respect for our nation and a lack of understanding of its significance to our people after centuries of colonization and oppression by settler colonial governments,” said Khelsilem, Council Chairperson of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, in the letter.
At the start of West Vancouver council’s last meeting, Sager read the usual land acknowledgment that the meeting was being held on the “traditional ancestral and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the Musqueam Nation.” He said council had decided it would be the last time it was recited and instead the acknowledgment would be printed on the agenda.