In May, 2022, Grays Harbor College Board of Trustees adopted a Land Acknowledgement Statement, which the college plans to read at the beginning of Board meetings, events, and other gatherings. This document pays honor and respect to the tribal Nations whose ancestral lands are occupied by GHC, including the college’s satellite campuses.
GHC’s Land Acknowledgement Statement was created after consulting with tribal cultural resource specialists and the Chehalis, Chinook, Quinault and Shoalwater Nations.
Grays Harbor College Land Acknowledgement Statement
Grays Harbor College is located on the ancestral lands of the Chehalis, Chinook, Quinault and Shoalwater Bay Peoples. With this awareness, we honor the ancestors and pay respect to elders past and present of these nations and all Native Peoples of this land who occupy these lands since time immemorial. The College expresses its deepest respect for and gratitude towards these original and current caretakers of the region and to our native students, staff, and faculty past and present as well as support and respect their presence and valuable contributions into the future. As an academic community, we acknowledge our responsibility to establish and maintain relationships with these nations and Native peoples, in support of their sovereignty and the inclusion of their voices in the teaching and learning process.