Acknowledging the land you play on

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SiSurgin
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Location: Mohkinstsis/Calgary

Re: Acknowledging the land you play on

Post by SiSurgin »

Very cool to see a few Mohkinstsis/Calgary folks on he forums already @jdizzlelizzle. Looking forward to growing/supporting the C&C community here!
jdizzlelizzle wrote: Mon Oct 11, 2021 6:23 pm What a coincidence, I am also located in Mohkinstsis! Not sure I'll be able to make the RPG alliance event, but nice to know there'll be folks playing locally <3
-Jaret H. (he/him) - White Settler in Mohkinstsis/Calgary
Bamawing
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Re: Acknowledging the land you play on

Post by Bamawing »

I love this idea! How could we adapt it for online play? I live in a tiny village in the Pacific Northwest (Yakama and Wenatchee land) but I'm planning to play on Roll20 and invite people from all over, including a fellow who lives in (I think) London.

I guess I (as in, just me) could mention the land that I'm currently on, but what if my players want to join in? What if they don't know whose land they're on? (I love the idea that I'd inspire them to find out- does anyone have any good resources?) What if they're European? Does anyone have any ideas?
Dudeling
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Re: Acknowledging the land you play on

Post by Dudeling »

For players in the Americas, your approach makes complete sense, making your own acknowledgement and inviting (not requiring) the players to share themselves. For folks not in the Americas, well, it seems to me that there are very few places where colonization hasn't had its impacts in similar ways, and that inviting those players to share their own acknowledgements in "solidarity" doesn't seem - to this non-indigenous contributor to the conversation - particularly out of line.
SiSurgin
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Location: Mohkinstsis/Calgary

Re: Acknowledging the land you play on

Post by SiSurgin »

Though it provides some global info, this site primarily provides a *great* resource for the Americas and Australia.

https://native-land.ca/
Bamawing wrote: Thu Nov 11, 2021 5:28 am What if they don't know whose land they're on? (I love the idea that I'd inspire them to find out- does anyone have any good resources?) What if they're European? Does anyone have any ideas?
-Jaret H. (he/him) - White Settler in Mohkinstsis/Calgary
Bamawing
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Re: Acknowledging the land you play on

Post by Bamawing »

SiSurgin, this is wonderful! Thank you so much! I will totally pass this along.

Dudeling, thanks for your input. I love your name, btw!
Aklavik56
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Re: Acknowledging the land you play on

Post by Aklavik56 »

There is a free app (think you can find it in App Store) called Whose Land. It is a map-based tool for providing information about treaties and Indigenous organizations primarily in Canada (and a very few areas of USA). It also has ideas and examples of land acknowledgments. I think it is a living document. It might be useful for some.
kiawe
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Re: Acknowledging the land you play on

Post by kiawe »

This feeds into the question another member had about livestreaming their C&C game (all non-Native participants) in a respectful way. I was thinking that an acknowledgement at the beginning that players will attempt to be respectful while also being ignorant of some aspects of the culture; an acknowledgement of the land you are playing on at the opening of the game would also fit.
Malama ka 'Aina!
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