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Kindred Land Acknowledgement


Kindred lives on the homeland of the Abenaki people of the Wabanaki Confederacy. We are a collective currently formed by individuals of African, South American and European descent. None of us are Abenaki, nor Indigenous to this bioregion or to Turtle Island. The collective members recognize that we are guests here, and as guests we commit to live in a good way with the land and the waters, and with all those, human and more-than-human beings, who have and still call this place home. 

We are grateful to be here. From this place of gratitude we are charged to challenge and undermine patterns of settler colonialism that continue to exploit bodies and extract resources from the Earth. We recognize that we have a shared interest in healing these wounds, in dismantling the oppressor within us and around us, and in helping bring into life ways of being that honor the sacredness of all creation. 

In order to move in this direction, we will:

  • reach out to the local/regional Tribal Government to introduce ourselves and share our mission

  • build relationships with Indigenous individuals and Indigenous-led groups in the area

  • directly support local and regional Indigenous-led struggles for land return, rematriation and climate healing

  • make the land of Kindred available and accessible to Indigenous, Black and People of Color for cultural use (ie ceremony, food gathering, etc.)

  • extend invitation for Indigenous people to join Kindred Collective and/or the Board of Kindred

  • move toward returning the land that Kindred currently lives on

  • learn the Treaties established on this land and uphold them

  • tend to the thriving of the plants, animals and other beings of this place

  • take the lessons learned within Kindred out into the broader world

We commit to:


  • Sustainability and land stewardship as a central guiding value. 

    • For example: Lowering our carbon footprint by being responsible for our waste through composting and limiting/eliminating our consumption of single use plastics; up-cycling what we cannot make ourselves; growing our own food and plant medicine; building natural structures from responsibly harvested local resources, etc.

  • Creating a safe space for children and families.

  • Learn how to live more closely with nature.

  • Repair our relationship to each other and our natural world.

  • Create a system of equal exchange outside of the capitalist (extractive) economic model.

  • Share our collective knowledge with future generations. 

  • Consider the impact of our decisions/choices on future generations. (Seven generations after we have gone)

  • Create a thriving community based on honesty, trust, integrity, equity and democratic principles.

Our Collective Goals

  • To create a democratic, multi-racial, multi-generational, community of artists, educators, and land stewards  working in collaboration to build a food forest and educational space.

  • To address food insecurity and lack of access to fresh healthy food options for the local and regional BIPOC and new citizen communities.

  • To localize our food sources, grow our own produce, strengthen the sharing economy.

  • To educate the community about our ancestral connection to the land.

  • To reconnect to the land and thus reconnect to our health.

  • To create hands-on learning opportunities across all age groups.

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