Acknowledging Native Land on Your Website

Where do you live?

I don’t mean, what state do you live in… rather, what is the original name of the place you live?

If you don’t know off hand, now is a good time to look up whose land you’re currently living on.

Find your location on this map: https://native-land.ca – then add these details on your website where you share your address (see below).

https://native-land.ca

Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Caretakers take note!

Native-land.ca is an incredible learning resource and today is the perfect day to take time for it.

Acknowledging the original territory where you live is a small act of respect. It’s something you can do whenever you share where you’re from – for example, on your contact page or in the footer of your website.

screenshot of buildwithmaple.com website footer .
The footer of this website is an example – “Maple Creative is located in Ithaca, New York, the traditional territory of the Gayogohó:no (Cayuga) people

Adding a land acknowledgement is about normalizing the existence of native people instead of passively normalizing the exclusion, or “erasure” of native people.

If you don’t know, or if the spelling and pronunciation is difficult – that’s fine – you’ll learn, and you’ll be helping other people learn by including this detail in your work going forward.

Are you thinking… Oh no! Website changes?!?!?!??

No worries.

We’re doing pro-bono land acknowledgement on websites for anyone who submits a support ticket to Maple Creative.

Simply email support@buildwithmaple.com and we’ll get coordinate via email to get it done.

And beyond that, let’s align our attention, wits, talents, influence, whatever we have to do right by history.

I’m excited to learn more and keep the conversation going.

Ryan Clover

Designer and founder of Maple Creative, providing technical wizardry for activists, educators. and small business owners who are out to change the world.