Acknowledgement for the Land we are using
We are filled with gratitude to all the people who are sharing space with us today. The intention of our gathering is to pay tribute to this beautiful land & the people who called this their home long before us. We would like to remember the ancient ones also known as the Mound Builders, the Osage & Shawnee whose tribal lands Pittsburgh was built on, the Iroquois Federation founded by the Great Peacemaker whose territory we stand on.
We would like to remember the early British, Scottish-Irish, and German settlers who resided here.
We would like to remember the Black people who settled here since the mid 1700’s and set up neighborhoods and major points along the Underground Railroad.
We would like to remember the early immigrants like the Polish, Hungarian, and Czech communities, as well as the larger immigrant groups from Eastern Europe, specifically Poles, Slovaks, and Balkans, as well as the Italians, who all helped to make this city what we know today.
We also welcome the newer arrivals like the Latin American, South American, & Asian communities as well as the even newer residents who we now call neighbors & friends, and who continue to make Pittsburgh a better place.
Let us pause in a moment of silence, gratitude & appreciation.
Please forgive us if we forgot to mention anyone. It was not our intention to cause harm. PALS is an inclusive group and we truly believe that if we have respect for this land and the people of this land past, present, & future, our children who are now benefiting from this space will use it mindfully & respectfully. May our time here enrich our lives and make many fond memories and lasting friendships. Thank you.