Raptors, Maple Leafs add land acknowledgement – Toronto Sun

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The Raptors and Maple Leafs have added a land acknowledgment to pregame proceedings at Scotiabank Arena, recognizing that the arena is on Indigenous lands.
The Raptors and Maple Leafs have added a land acknowledgment to pregame proceedings at Scotiabank Arena, recognizing that the arena is on Indigenous lands. Photo by John E. Sokolowski /USA TODAY Sports

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The Raptors and Maple Leafs have added a land acknowledgment to pre-game proceedings at Scotiabank Arena, recognizing that the arena is on Indigenous lands.

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Land acknowledgements, which recognize the original inhabitants of the land, have been done by centuries by Indigenous people and many say doing so helps the reconciliation process.

The Canadian government made Sept. 30 a statutory holiday as the official National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It was formerly known as Orange Shirt Day.

In honour of Orange Shirt Day, a land acknowledgement and artwork by Philip Cote – an artist and Ancestral Knowledge Keeper from Moose Deer Point First Nation – has been installed at Rogers Centre outside at Gate 15 and inside at Section 102. pic.twitter.com/em2NFA6O5k

— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 30, 2021

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