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Fifteen seniors attend Princeton symposium on indigenous communities; Charlotte Driver presents land acknowledgment

Fifteen seniors attend Princeton symposium on indigenous communities; Charlotte Driver presents land acknowledgment

By Jamie Saxon
Office of Communications at Princeton

The International Symposium on Indigenous Communities and Climate Change, held Dec. 6 and 7 at the Princeton Public Library and Princeton University, brought together scholars, journalists and activists to explore the impact of climate change on Indigenous communities throughout the Americas and Russia.

On Dec. 7, more than 110 undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff and community members gathered in Betts Auditorium on the Princeton campus for a day-long program. Some 1,200 people watched the Facebook livestream of the event.

Charlotte Driver, one of 15 seniors from the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton attending the conference, began the morning session by reading a "land acknowledgment" that the students had crafted for the symposium. Land acknowledgments are commonly used to open public events to recognize the traditional native inhabitants of the land on which the event is taking place.

"The conference gathers on the land of the Lenni Lenape," Driver said. "We honor the Lenape as the traditional Indigenous caretakers of these lands and waters, the elders who lived here before, the Indigenous today and the generations to come."

Click here to watch Charlotte's introduction on Facebook (starting at 2:12 minutes) and the rest of the conference which was broadcast to a global audience. Click here to read the full article on Princeton University's website

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