In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Innovation Academy would like to acknowledge the history of the land it occupies. This Land Acknowledgment comes from the Peace Poles placed in front of the school as part of a Senior Project last Spring
The students of Innovation Academy acknowledge the violent history of the land these Peace Poles are planted on. We acknowledge this land as the unceded territory of the Pawtucket, Pennacock, Wabanaki (Dawnland Confederacy), and Abenaki/Abénaquis Tribes who have stewarded these lands for centuries. To these Indigenous peoples: we stand for you and with you in solidarity. Additionally, we acknowledge the history of enslavement on our school’s land. The Tyng family colonized this piece of land in the 1600s, and enslaved people of African descent, including Boston and Cornwell Tyng. We will use our privilege of benefiting from this land to support the ancestors of these Indigenous and Black peoples. As inhabitants of this place of learning, we commit to becoming ever more aware of the violent past and to become good allies. We will use our experiences and exploration to make changes within ourselves and our community to prevent repetitions of this history and to work for a more just and peaceful future. At the end of this project, a donation was made to the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness (MCNAA) and the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust to support BIPOC through reparations and the work of local organizations.