As an educational institution that inspires girls to pursue meaningful lives based on honor, respect, and intellectual curiosity, it is our duty to improve our school, and ourselves, in order to create a space in which our students, faculty, and staff feel safe and valued. We will do this by examining how our community consciously or unconsciously discriminates based on race, and by making the necessary changes to build an inclusive, equitable, and racially just environment for all.
As a community, we honor the legacy and voices of indigenous peoples. This land is forever connected to indigenous worship and heritage; to steal this land and erase indigenous legacies and voices is- the ultimate disrespect to the history of their rich cultures. In acknowledgment of that erasure, we are here to passionately communicate with the utmost respect, an acknowledgment of the indigenous land that our school sits on.
Stoneleigh-Burnham School acknowledges that we are situated upon the stolen ancestral homelands of the Pocumtuc peoples. We also recognize our present-day neighboring indigenous nations: The Abenaki to the north, the Nipmuc and Wampanoag to the east, and the Mohican to the west.
We acknowledge the history of genocide and forced removal here, like the massacre at Peskeompskut. We honor and pay our respects to the diverse indigenous peoples who stewarded and honored this land throughout the generations before us, who represent the past, present, and future caretakers of this land.