Tuesday, May 21st, 2024

#9: Land Acknowledgment and Trees of Peace

The #9 story this year is all about the White Pine Tree Ceremony on campus.

Our next top story builds off the University’s Land Acknowledgment Statement and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

In October, the University planted four white pine trees to honor the land’s traditional occupants and caretakers in a ceremony that was open to the public. Attendees learned that White Pine trees were chosen as a symbol of peacekeeping, teaching us to put aside differences and create a safe place. The White Pine is the “Tree of Peace” to the Iroquois Confederacy, a group of “first nations” living in present-day New York and Pennsylvania.

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