At Our Children Oregon, we recognize the importance of naming whose land upon which we live and work. As a small step toward honoring the truth and achieving healing and reparation, our organization commits to open all events and gatherings with a statement acknowledging the traditional Native lands on which we stand and the history of genocide, relocation, and assimilation that still impact many Indigenous/Native American families today.
Our Children Oregon acknowledges that the land now known as Portland sits on unceded territory of the original peoples of this land– the Multnomah, Wasco, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Cowlitz, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other Tribes who made their homes along the Columbia (Wimahl) and Willamette (Whilamut) rivers.
This area was originally populated by many Indigenous people, who lived and thrived in a profound, complex, and interdependent relationship with the land and the other beings here – long before white colonial settlement. The Indigenous people are still here and are still connected to this land.
Today, our region’s diverse and vibrant Native communities are 70,000 strong, descended from more than 380 Tribes, both local and distant, and we extend our deepest gratitude to those who have stewarded this land, and offer our respect to their elders, past, present, and future.
Find out more about the land upon which you live and work: https://native-land.ca/