It’s 2023. Are you still using a ‘lip service’ land acknowledgement? There’s a better way — and a new Indigenous-led fundraising school is here to help.
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Indigenous people are donors, volunteers, partners and beneficiaries in the charitable sector. Non-Indigenous teams need to be well-equipped to respectfully engage with Indigenous people in all of these roles. It’s both basic respect, and it’s mission-critical for modern charitable organizations’ funding models.
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For the David Suzuki Foundation, “lip service” land acknowledgements are on the outs.
You know the ones: A speaker reads from their notes. They name the Indigenous peoples whose territory the event is taking place on. They might also briefly describe their organization’s commitment to supporting Indigenous people — but there’s little more to it.
At the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF), one of the country’s best-known environmental organizations, on the ins, instead, are lan
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