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Land Acknowledgement Statement

The following land acknowledgment statement will be used at SIO events, both in-person and virtual, that are taking place on lands where there has been a history of colonialization. SIO members are also encouraged to acknowledge the land on which they are situated in their activities with the Society.

The Society for Integrative Oncology acknowledges that the land where many of us live is often the traditional and ancestral territory of Indigenous/Aboriginal/First Nations peoples and was often developed by enslaved Africans. We acknowledge the harm done to these peoples and communities through genocide, the violation of treaties, and sustained systemic discriminatory policies. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work and live on this land.

We commit to honoring the unique cultural heritages, healing traditions, and values of these communities as we pursue our mission to improve the lives of people with cancer through evidence-informed, equitable, and person-centered integrative cancer care. We understand that an acknowledgment is not decolonization and decolonization does not exist without the rematriation of Indigenous land and life.