South Whidbey School District would like to begin by acknowledging that we gather on the ancestral homelands, originally known as Tscha-kole-chy in Lushootseed, of the Coastal Salish Peoples, on the lands of the lower sqaǰətabš (Skagit), dxʷlilap (Tulalip), swədəbš (Swinomish), sduhubš (Snohomish), stuləkʷabš (Stillaguamish), and suq̓ ʷabš (Suquamish), who have lived in the Salish Sea basin since time immemorial and have hunted, fished, gathered, and taken care of these lands. We respect their sovereignty, their right to self-determination, and we honor their sacred spiritual connection with the land and water. Please join me in expressing our deepest respect and gratitude to the indigenous people of this territory and for their enduring care and protection of the land in which we currently occupy and share through the Treaty of Point Elliott signed by 82 tribes in Múckl-te-óh (Mukilteo) on January 22, 1855.
Why we do a land acknowledgement from a tribal person's perspective: Land Acknowledgement video (9:33)
In addition to the links above, suggested links to learn more about our indigenous partners: