land acknowledgement + commitment
Our business exists on the treaty and traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig Anishnaabeg and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations.
As settlers, we acknowledge that colonial systems of oppression have dispossessed Indigenous people of their lands, and continue to deny rights to Indigenous self-determination. We acknowledge our responsibility to learn about the history and legacy of colonialism and how we benefit from it. We acknowledge that the harms and trauma inflicted by colonialism and colonial genocide are ongoing, and that we have a duty to help disrupt the colonial structures that continue to inflict violence and trauma on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.
Specifically, we are committed to:
- Educating ourselves about historical truths of Canada from Indigenous perspectives, through Indigenous-led academic resources, local Indigenous organizations, prioritizing Indigenous voices in our media consumption, and reading the Truth & Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls To action
- Reaching out to our federal and provincial representatives on an ongoing basis to demand that the 94 Calls to Action be implemented and upheld
- Learning about the harms of colonialism particularly as they relate to Indigenous arts and artists
- Donating to, and facilitating customer donations to local Indigenous-led organizations on a yearly basis
- Nurturing partnerships with local Indigenous artists to carry, showcase, and support their work
- Altering or adding to these commitments as needed based on new learning and feedback, and checking in annually as a staff to evaluate our progress