At UP for Learning, we acknowledge that our office is on the homeland of the Abenaki peoples, and we recognize the generations of Indigenous people who have cared for and continue to care for this land. Further, we are aware that by gathering at our office in Montpelier, Vermont, alongside the Winooski River (1), we benefit from land stolen from the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi and the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki (2 ). Atrocious acts of ethnocide and genocide (3) were committed against Indigenous peoples. White supremacist (4) colonialism (5) caused harm and continues to cause harm. A history of assimilation (6) and erasure (7) backs the U.S. education system. UP for Learning is currently a majority-white organization. We seek to use our influence in education to “amplify voices that have to fight to be heard elsewhere” (8) for healing and community well-being. We believe that no youth should ever feel erased. Instead, every youth should be heard and celebrated for all parts of their identity. This land acknowledgment fuels our commitment to educational equity and strengthens our mission to reimagine and transform education–youth and adults–together.
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Khan, Nida. “Editorial: Indigenous Erasure and the Fight for Recognition.” PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, 31 May 2022, https://www.pbs.org/wnet/exploring-hate/2022/04/19/editorial-indigenous-erasure-and-the-fight-for recognition/.
Middlebury College. “Middlebury Land Acknowledgment.” Middlebury Offices and Services, 29 Nov. 2022, https://www.middlebury.edu/office/about/ middlebury-land acknowledgment#midd-accordion-item-label-46464.
Mills, Dan. Homeland n’Dakinna:Vert-Mont Place Names. http://abacus.bates. edu/~dmills/art/overpaintings-2018-/dan-mills-homeland-ndakinna.pdf.
“Untitled Poem by Beth Strano.” Facing History and Ourselves, https://www. facinghistory.org/resource-library/untitled-poem beth-strano.