Suzanne Keeptwo presents her new book, We All Go Back to the Land: The Who, Why, and How of Land Acknowledgements, hosted by Dr. David Dean, Professor of History at Carleton University.
Land Acknowledgements often begin academic conferences, cultural events, government press gatherings, and even hockey games. They are supposed to be an act of Reconciliation between Indigenous peoples in Canada and non-Indigenous Canadians, but they have become so routine and formulaic that they have sometimes lost meaning. Seen more and more as empty words, some events have dropped Land Acknowledgements altogether.
Métis artist and educator Suzanne Keeptwo wants to change that. She sees the Land Acknowledgement as an opportunity for Indigenous peoples in Canada to communicate a message to non-Indigenous Canadians—a message founded upon Age Old Wisdom about how to sustain the Land we all want to call home.
SUZANNE KEEPTWO, Métis (Algonkin/French and Irish) of Québec, is both an artist and professional educator who merges traditional Anishinaabe Teachings and artistic expression to inform others about Indigenous historical truths and contemporary realities. She has worked across the country as a professional facilitator with host clients that include the Museum of Human Rights, McGill University, Full Circle: First Nations Performance, and the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. Suzanne is also a freelance writer, editor, and consultant, with expertise in bridging cultural gaps of understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
DR. DAVID DEAN teaches history at Carleton University in Ottawa, where he is Professor of History and Co-Director of the Carleton Centre for Public History. As well as research, teaching, and supervising, he actively collaborates with museums, with theatre amateurs and professionals, and with community activists exploring innovative ways of making history visible in our everyday lives.