ABOUT PILOT LAB'S PROJECT PLACE AND THE HISTORY OF WEBSITE LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Project Place arises out of PILOT lab's technology equity stream of research.
"Land acknowledgments" or "acknowledgment of country" statements are commonplace around the world on websites, in written (physical) materials, and during verbal introductions to events and presentations. These statements recognize the history of the land upon which an institution stands or the location where an event takes place. They vary in form, length, and presentation medium, but the goal remains the same: to instill a sense of connectedness to each other through the vehicle of shared geography and history.
Website land acknowledgments are becoming a best practice in the United States. They are now often used by US organizations such as public and private educational institutions, film festivals, state and federal government agencies, libraries, and others to express their shared commitments to respect for the land and respect for each other's individual liberty interests.
To learn more about land acknowledgments, visit e.g., Michigan State University's helpful guide, the Canadian government's guide, the Native Land project or the Australian government's official website and guide.