Indigenous Unity Address
Indigenous and Black communities have a shared past of injustice and they deserve a shared future of justice. The history of colonization is a story about control of land, perceived resources and the genocide to Indigenious peoples across this Country.
Black liberation and Indigenous reconciliation are heavily linked. The history of Afro-Indigenous people in Canada is often erased, yet there are many people who are Black and Indigenous. For 100s of years there have been long standing relationships between the many different communities. And these relationships between Black and Indigenious communities are growing stronger everyday. In a country built on white supremacy and violence, it is important that the global majority continue to work in solidarity with each other.
The Guelph Black Heritage Society/ The Kween Company supports the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island in their efforts to heal from any generational trauma, environmental racism, colonization, the uncovering at Residential schools and constant loss of missing and murder Indigenious Women. We know as Black settlers that our Caribbean and African Diaspora peoples have been a melting pot of languages and cultures for centuries, including island Indigenous peoples like the Taino (“Arawaks”) and the Kalinagos (“Caribs”).
Today, Thadinadonnih, known by colonization as Guelph, is situated on the ancestral homelands of the Anishinaabek Peoples, Mohawk and Haudensaunee, specifically the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. It is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. The Guelph Black Heritage Society/ The Kween Company stands in solidarity and community to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. We must do more to learn, share and support truth and healing.
Indigenous Peoples have suffered tremendously at the hands of colonizations for centuries and still these injustices continue to this day. As this powerful system ruined peoples, lands and resources, we acknowledge our solidarity with Indigenious communities.
We also acknowledge the power, joy, strength and resilience of our Indigenious community and honour their spirit, soul and happy filled stories that also make up their beings.
The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available to provide emotional and crisis support for former students and those affected, by calling the 24-hour national crisis line at 1-866 925-4419.
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