The Arts and Science Students’ Union recognizes that this land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. The territory is the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Confederacy of the Anishnaabek and Allied Nations to peaceably care for and share the resources around the Great Lakes.
To overcome systemic and institutional violence, we come together on this day and work to center the narratives, worldviews, and perspectives of Indigenous peoples in our collective decision-making for social justice, equity, and reconciliation.
As settlers on the Credit River, we directly benefit from the colonization and genocide of the Indigenous peoples of this land. In order to engage in resistance and solidarity against the past and present injustices inflicted on the Indigenous peoples of this land, it is imperative we constantly engage in acts of awareness and decolonization.
In response to multiple suicide attempts in the community of Attawapiskat, members of the Indigenous community have chosen to occupy the offices of Indigenious and Northern Affairs Canada – demanding that a) the demands of the youth of Attawapiskat be met and b) that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fly out to the community immediately and commit to working with the indigenous people and youth on a long term plan to tackle systemic issues that are affecting indigenous communities.
The executive committee of the Arts and Science Students’ Union and the undersigned are standing in solidarity with the indigenous people of Attawapiskat and Turtle Island. We and the undersigned, stand in solidarity with the occupiers and demand that their demands be met.