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Land Acknowledgement

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The Vancouver International Children’s Festival Society stands by our Land Acknowledgement statement that was created following the leadership of local Indigenous people. Our organization is committed to our collective responsibility to fully implement the 94 Calls to Action and the 18 Calls for Justice. 

We are answering the call and invite others to as well. Our land acknowledgement is a living document that changes as we learn and grow as an organization. While we are committed to our use of the term genocide in our land acknowledgement, we are transitioning to use the term cultural destruction as it is more age appropriate for our young audience. You will see both terms used on our site and materials while we transition. 

Definition of Cultural destruction 

The phrase “cultural destruction” refers to an incidence of a culture being seriously damaged or destroyed as a result of external or internal forces. Cultural destruction was a common feature of the colonial era and the conquest of the Americas.

UN Definition of Genocide
CBC Article

Here are some resources that can help with our journey towards Reconciliation:

Here are some books for age-appropriate conversations with your child on the subject:

And here is a more comprehensive list of books with the recommended age groups, compiled by David A. Robertson.