“I thought, ‘Is this really what they’re doing on the first day? Really?’ … So day three or four, I was like, I’m just going to record the beginning of class and see what happens. And sure enough, it was the same thing."

“You just told my kids that they’re living on something stolen and stealing is bad. I just was in shock, actually. Like, what is happening? … [The principal] wasn’t aware that this was happening, and so basically, she is planning to have a talk with her within the next week, and then she’ll report back to me. But she agreed that there was a time and a place, and kindergarten was not the time and place to be doing it,” Angela said.

“Today, though, the teacher took 17 minutes of class time to talk about it. First, she showed a video of another school doing land acknowledgment, like a poem. And then she had the kids repeat that acknowledgement poem back,” she added. “And then she decided that the students were going to write one for the Duwamish people. So they took the time to do that.”

“They should be socializing, they should be building friendships, they should be singing songs and enjoying it. Starting off every day reminding children that they’re living on stolen land does not, in my opinion, start the day off great,” she said.


Submitted: Dec 23, 2020