Land Acknowledgement

Land Acknowledgement

Our Land Acknowledgement statement was unveiled to the public in June 2022.

It was adopted in consultation with the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation in 2021. On June 18, 2022, it was read for the first time in public at Library Discovery Day

The Petawawa Public Library respectfully acknowledges that the Library is situated on the unceded, Unsurrendered Territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation, whose presence and stewardship of the Kitchisippi and its tributaries, dates back to time immemorial and will continue in perpetuity. We honour their long history of welcoming many Nations to this territory and we acknowledge our shared responsibilities to ensure health and wellbeing for all creation for generations to come.

Further, we respect and affirm the inherent and Treaty Rights of all Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Our acknowledgement of the Algonquin Anishinaabe territory recognizes the oppressive history and current experience of colonization, and is a reflection of our commitment to decolonize, and to recognize and honour the pursuits of Indigenous Nations and Peoples’ self-determination and sovereignty.

Indigenous Elders hold a drum circle for parents and young children on the grass outside the Library.
Families enjoy learning about Algonquin culture from BIAK (Bonnechere Inodewiziwin Abinodjinish Kikinamagan) at the Library.