As we begin, we would like to recognize the Massachusett and Pawtucket Nations on whose traditional territory we are gathering, acknowledging them as the past, present and future caretakers of this land. It’s our hope, that by acknowledging them in this small way, we honor the history, wisdom, and resistance of native communities on whose land we stand. And of the many peoples who made possible our presence here today. 

This practice, of acknowledging the former inhabitants of the land, is now common practice in Australia, New Zealand anmost recently, Canada; it is gaining a foothold in some communities in the U.S.  It is a way to say that we are all products of conflict over land and borders, and we can only do better, going forward, if we acknowledge the past.

haggadah Section: Introduction