Land and Labor Acknowledgement
Denver Food Rescue takes this moment to honor and acknowledge that we live and work on the ancestral homelands and traditional territories of the Cheyenne, Arapahoe, and Mountain Ute Nations, the original stewards of this land. We also honor the many other tribes that thrived in this area through trade, hunting, gathering, and healing, including the Native Nations of The Lakota, Ute, Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, Shoshone, and the Pueblo.
As an organization, we recognize Indigenous peoples as the original steward of the land, water, plants, and animals who called this place home. We reaffirm these nations’ ties to their traditional homelands so that the words, deeds, and impacts of Denver Food Rescue ensure their legacy is renewed and remembered.
We also acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory. We respect the many diverse peoples connected to this land on which we gather to work together. May our work honor these communities, centering their expertise and knowledge to inform and guide our food justice and sovereignty advocacy choices.
Furthermore, we respectfully acknowledge the enslaved and indentured people, primarily of African descent, whose labor was exploited to build this country with little to no recognition. Today, we are indebted to their labor and the labor of many black and brown bodies that continue to work in the shadows for our collective benefit. We are incredibly grateful to the hands that labor today brings our communities nourishment through food.
We also want to recognize the families, neighbors, tribes, and communities displaced from the land we now call home by settlers, gentrification, and environmental injustice. Our organization is mindful of our impacts so that none of our communities are displaced or silenced in the pursuit of our mission.