We look forward to gathering for the Society of Family Planning 2023 Annual Meeting in what is now known as Seattle.
As we come together, we humbly acknowledge that we will be meeting on unceded land of the Coast Salish people, and specifically the ancestral land of the Duwamish, Suquamish, Stillaguamish, Muckleshoot, and other Indigenous peoples. We honor with gratitude the land itself and the past, present, and future stewards of the land we are gathering on.
We offer this land acknowledgment at a time when we gather as a community as an invitation for reflection and learning, and to bring attention to opportunities to contribute our support.
As part of our Annual Meeting, the Society of Family Planning is integrating a practice of acknowledging the stewards of the land we are gathering, and inviting our community to join us in taking steps beyond land acknowledgment. Join us by:
- Reviewing why land acknowledgments are important and the key components of land acknowledgment.
- Learning about the Indigenous communities of Seattle and the land we will be gathering on by exploring the official websites of Washington’s Tribes, reading the history of the Duwamish people, and/or making plans to visit the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center.
- Providing a gift to the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center or Real Rent Duwamish, or shopping at the Duwamish Tribe store. Continuing this commitment outside of the Annual Meeting by building authentic relationships with Indigenous peoples and Indigenous-led organizations, supporting Indigenous-led calls to action, and encouraging others to take action and provide their support.
While attending the Annual Meeting, we invite you to immerse yourself in a dynamic, urban playground surrounded by unmatched natural beauty. To learn more about our host city, explore the Visit Seattle page and: