We recognize all PIFS meetings take place on unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tseil-Waututh) peoples. As we gather and progress in our aims, we strive to decolonize ourselves, our communities and ground our work to dismantle oppressive systems of colonization.
To do this, we will inform ourselves of Canada’s colonial history, legacy and the dark places where colonialism still thrives. We will engage with decolonization theory and practise. And we will listen to critique and criticism with open hearts and minds.
WHAT ARE WE CURRENTLY DOING?
We take lessons from this guide from Native Land, co-written by Allison Jones, about territory acknowledgements, and are mindful of the inherent problems therein. Therefore, we strive to begin all meetings with a territory acknowledgement and engage with at least 2 of the following questions suggested by the guide:
- Why is this acknowledgement happening?
- How does this acknowledgement relate to the event or work you are doing?
- What is the history of this territory? What are the impacts of colonialism here?
- What is your relationship to this territory? How did you come to be here?
- What intentions do you have to disrupt and dismantle colonialism beyond this territory acknowledgement?
We also seek to encourage all attendees to continue to inform themselves on particular topics, including current issues and historical truths. With our discussion groups in particular, we aim to have at least one source for each discussion from an indigenous writer or regarding indigenous perspectives.
As we begin to engage with the community, we will reach out to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tseil-Waututh) bands. We will also be familiarizing ourselves with the findings of the report, “Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls” and incorporating report recommendations into our practise and where within our power.