Land Acknowledgement

Lheidli T’enneh means “the people who live where the two rivers flow together,” a name that emphasizes the deep connections between Lheidli T’enneh culture and place. Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park encompasses the historic Lheidli T’enneh cemetery and is the site of the original village site of Lheidli. In this place, for at least nine thousand years, the Lheidli T’enneh have met the challenges of their environment and followed the rhythms of the seasons.

We have been actively working for over two decades to build and strengthen meaningful relationships with this land, our community, and with the people who have occupied and continue to occupy this territory. As such, we embrace the responsibility not only to acknowledge the significance of our location but also to tell a more complete and inclusive story of our region’s history. The Museum has worked alongside the Lheidli T’enneh to protect and preserve their cultural assets and to share their long and rich history and traditions from their perspective. From our exhibits and programming to our engagement in repatriation projects, we are committed to working in partnership with the Lheidli T’enneh and other First Nations to strengthen our region’s connection to the Indigenous community, history, land, language, and culture.

Our commitment to learn and teach is ongoing. We recognize that friendships are reciprocal and must be continuously tended. The trust, understanding, and friendship established between the Museum and the Lheidli T’enneh will continue to ensure that the Museum is a place where cultural learning and practice transfers yesterday’s knowledge to tomorrow’s leaders in a way that both respects traditions and celebrates our collective futures.