On National Indigenous People’s Day (and every day) we recognize, and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of Indigenous communities across Canada. It is an opportunity to listen, learn, and reflect on the deep-rooted history that exists on this land. This is a day of both grieving and celebrating- acknowledging the devastating ongoing effects of colonialism, while honouring the brilliance and success of resilience.
For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year. Learn more about the history of National Indigenous People’s Day here! Let’s continue to learn about, understand, and honour the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada - today and every day.
ArtReach has had the privilege of funding, mentoring, and supporting Indigenous artists, arts workers, and community arts organizations in Tkaronto over the course of our 15+ years in operation. ArtReach honours, celebrates, and recognizes the pasts, presents, and futures of Indigenous People from across Turtle Island.
While we do our best to support Indigenous art-makers, we know we can always do better. Want to have a conversation about how ArtReach can be more inclusive and accessible to Indigenous youth artists? Email us at email@example.com
Acknowledging This Land
We acknowledge that the land we live and work on is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples. We also acknowledge that Tkaronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit
You can learn about Treaty 13 here
Why We Acknowledge the Land We're On
Land acknowledgements are an honest and necessary way to recognize the traditional First Nations, Métis, and Inuit territories of a place
Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current, ongoing process. It involves thinking about what happened in the past and what is still happening in the present, and what needs to be done to move towards equity
Providing land acknowledgement gives intentional time for reflection and demonstrates recognition and honouring of Indigenous lands, treaties, and people, people who have lived on this land for over 10,000 years
It’s a reminder that all people who live and work on this land are accountable, and that settlers are responsible for reconciliation and reparation
Learn more about the why and how of land acknowledgements here
Connections: Contemporary Indigenous Classical Performance
ON Canada Project: Settlers Take Action
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Indigenous Community in Tkaronto
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