On October 25, 2018, a proposal was made to the Grande Prairie Aboriginal Circle of Services (GPACOS), which
included two land acknowledgements to encompass the region in which we live and work. The acknowledgment was
recognised by Northwestern Polytechnic and implemented into the communication portfolio across all media.
In March 2022, the Indigenous Advisory Committee suggested revising the Land Acknowledgment used by
Northwestern Polytechnic. Our Elders, Loretta Parenteau-English and Theresa Gladue, along with Desiree
Mearon led this process, and the following acknowledgement was developed.
Northwestern Polytechnic acknowledges that our campuses are located on Treaty 8 territory, the ancestral
and present-day home to many diverse First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people. We are grateful to work,
live and learn on the traditional territory of Duncan's First Nation, Horse Lake First Nation and
Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, who are the original caretakers of this land.
We acknowledge the history of this land and we are thankful for the opportunity to walk together in
friendship, where we will encourage and promote positive change for present and future
The first acknowledgment above is intended for more formal settings, bigger groups, or longer meetings. For
example, the formal acknowledgement may be suitable for opening a conference, event or assembly. The second one
below is intended for more casual occasions or after someone has already made the formal acknowledgement. For
example, when one is the third speaker at an event, at the beginning of an informal meeting, or during morning
"We acknowledge the Indigenous people and their ancestors, whose land we are on"
Specific Language was Used
A lot of thought was put into the language used for this statement. A glossary can be found below, explaining
why specific words have been used and what importance they have in contributing to the power of this
What is Treaty 8?
Treaty 8 was signed on 21 June 1899 by the Crown and First Nations of the Lesser Slave Lake area.
The treaty covers roughly 841,487.137 km2 of what was formerly the North-West Territories and British
Columbia, and now includes northern Alberta, northwest Saskatchewan, and portions of the modern Northwest
Territories and BC, making it the largest treaty by area in the history of Canada.
The terms and implementation of Treaty 8 differ importantly from those of previous Numbered Treaties, with
long-lasting consequences for the governance and peoples of that area.
Learn More about Treaty
For more information on how to use the land acknowledgement statement, please contact;