As a community space settling on the unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Tsleil Waututh, Stol:o, Squamish, and Musqueam peoples, it is important for us to acknowledge that we are able to work, play, live, connect, and create on these lands as result of histories of colonial violence, genocide, and displacement of Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island, also known as Canada, and all over the world.
Peering into the news, we see pipeline and fracking expansion on Indigenous reserves, cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women, an over-representation of Indigenous youth separated from families in the care system. We can no longer turn away from these invisiblized violences. Today is a day, especially for settlers, to take time to learn for ourselves the histories of the land we are on.
Tonight, June 21st, Red Jam Slam, an organization that promotes emerging and seasoned Indigenous artists and performers, and COOP Radio are bringing in a full evening of events showcasing Indigenous artists, performers, and storytellers. For more information, please click through this link.
We are also grateful for amazing organizations and community groups doing ally and solidarity work on Coast Salish territories, such as the Alliance for People’s Health who will be hosting a fundraiser for the Unist’ot’en Camp on Friday, June 27th. In our space, we’re lucky to be surrounded by community collectives like Rising Tide and The People’s Defense Frontadvocating against pipeline development, which continue in the genocide of Indigenous communities throughout Turtle Island and beyond.
Today and everyday, we stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities all over the world in the journey towards liberation and decolonization.