Honoring the Ancestral Guardians of Our Land
Land acknowledgment is a practice of recognizing and respecting Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of the land and the enduring relationship that exists between them and their territories. In the realm of Nature Informed Therapy, this acknowledgment goes beyond a mere statement; it is an essential step in fostering a deeper connection with the land we inhabit and the diverse cultures that have long interacted with it. By acknowledging the history and the spiritual bond between Indigenous Peoples and the land, we embrace a holistic approach to healing that respects all elements of our environment. This practice not only honors the past but also informs our therapeutic processes, reminding us of the interconnectedness of people, land, and well-being
Respecting the Land and Its Legacy: A Tribute to Indigenous Heritage
The center is situated on ancestral land that has served as a communal space for seasonal hunting, trapping, and trade for countless generations. Indigenous Peoples residing along the Chesapeake Bay and Susquehanna River, predominantly from Algonquin tribes such as the Piscataway people to the south and various Iroquoian-speaking groups, notably the Susquehannock tribe, to the north, have historically utilized this area.Today, the Baltimore area remains the home of the descendants of these tribes. Additionally, it is inhabited by several thousand members of the Lumbee and Cherokee tribes. This dynamic cultural tapestry underscores the rich history and diverse heritage of the community.We recognize the distressing and brutal history of coerced relocation endured by Indigenous Peoples due to the actions of white colonists. We commit to honoring the heritage of preceding Indigenous generations through our initiatives.
Embracing Indigenous and
Two-Eyed Seeing, a term coined by Mi'kmaw Elder Dr. Albert Marshall, refers to the integrative approach of seeing from one eye with the strengths and knowledge of Indigenous ways, and from the other with the insights and methods of Western ways. This approach is crucial in acknowledging and respecting the deep connection Indigenous Peoples have with the land, while also utilizing contemporary methods and understanding. In the context of our center, Two-Eyed Seeing guides us to honor traditional Indigenous knowledge and land stewardship, while engaging in modern, nature-informed therapeutic practices. This dual perspective fosters a more holistic and respectful approach to healing, education, and environmental stewardship, aligning with our commitment to honor the heritage and wisdom of Indigenous communities
At the Center for Nature Informed Therapy (CNIT), we are deeply committed to honoring and respecting the rich heritage of the Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we share. This commitment extends beyond acknowledgment; it is woven into the fabric of our initiatives and practices. We strive to incorporate Indigenous perspectives and wisdom into our therapeutic approaches, educational programs, and community engagements. By actively supporting initiatives that promote the well-being and recognition of Indigenous communities, we aim to foster a culture of understanding, respect, and shared learning. CNIT is dedicated to maintaining an ongoing dialogue with Indigenous leaders and organizations, ensuring our actions contribute positively and respectfully to the legacy of these vibrant cultures.