Acknowledging the Coast Salish peoples

Land acknowledgment and resources

Land acknowledgment
As a Christian University, we recognize that we are a people who are formed by a story. Our story at Seattle Pacific is tied to the land that this campus is built on — a land that holds rich and far-too-often forgotten histories.

Seattle Pacific University is named for a city that takes its name from Chief Si’ahl, the chief of the Duwamish people, whose territory and traditional land stretched across our campus. We respectfully acknowledge, with gratitude, that we are gathering today on the lands, both ceded and unceded, of the Coast Salish peoples, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot nations — people who are still here today. 

We recognize that a statement without actions is not enough. As a community who strives to love God and neighbor, we repent of the ways that we have participated in harm. We commit to reconciliation and repair with the Coast Salish peoples as we continue to learn to care for the land.