ift virtual presidents' conference
On behalf of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, we want to thank you for attending the virtual IFT Presidents' Conference.
Visit the links below to review or download conference materials.
leading through uncertainty: connecting the dots on recovery, anti-racism, and sustainability
mastering the balance: living and learning with purpose
ADDITIONAL MINDFULNESS RESOURCES
We would like to begin today by recognizing and acknowledging that Illinois includes ancestral lands of the Peoria, Kaskaskia, Piankashaw, Wea, Miami, Mascoutin, Odawa, Sauk, Mesquaki, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Chickasaw Nations.
We have a responsibility to acknowledge these Native Nations and to work with them as we move forward as an inclusive union. This acknowledgment demonstrates a commitment to beginning the process of working to dismantle the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism. But a land acknowledgement should be more than that; it should be a call to rethink one’s own relationship with the environment and the histories of all peoples.
Today, Illinois continues to be a place that calls many people from diverse backgrounds to live and gather. Despite the many changes our cities and state have experienced, both our American Indian and our Illinois Federation of Teachers members see the importance of the land and this place that has always been home to many diverse backgrounds and perspectives.