Related to our mission of supporting and fostering learning through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, the Sustainability Committee of Anoka Ramsey Community College would like to acknowledge that the land our college is located upon is the original homelands of the Anishinaabe, Dakota, & Lakota tribal nations. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land.
The way many of us have perceived the world has changed since we last met – the pandemic and the protests following the murder of George Floyd have highlighted the existing injustices and inequalities in our communities including redlining, racial covenants, health care inequities, environmental racism, and continued racial inequality. We encourage everyone to investigate the history of your community–its indigenous history, but also the potential injustices and inequities experienced by BIPOC. We must look back and expose society’s ills in order to move forward and do better. A world with such inequality is not sustainable.