IN SOLIDARITY

 

we publish living hyphen as guests on the sacred territorial land of the nishinaabeg and haudenosaunee people and also of the huron-wendat and petun first nations, the seneca, and most recently, the mississaugas of the credit river. 

We acknowledge that this territory as the subject of the One Dish, One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. Many know this land under its colonial name of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

As a publication that explores questions of migration and identity, and as a community made up largely of diasporas from different parts of the world, our editorial staff and contributing artists recognize our place as settlers – regardless of when we arrived – who have benefitted and continue to benefit from colonial violence on this land. We remind ourselves how urgently current this history is; colonization is an ongoing process that continues to inflict violence on Indigenous lands, cultures, and bodies.

Written with guidance from Dené Sinclair (Ojibwe-Anishinaabe) and the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada. 

 
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Resources

True reconciliation requires all of us to move beyond words. We commit to continuously (un)learning our role and responsibility in the genocide, displacement, and theft of land from the Indigenous peoples across the land known as Canada.

Living Hyphen strives to work in solidarity with the struggles of Indigenous nations for sovereignty, land, and freedom.

In the words of the Anti-Oppression Network, being an ally is “not an identity—it is a lifelong process of building relationships based on trust, consistency, and accountability with marginalized individuals and/or groups of people. Allyship is not self-defined—our work and our efforts must be recognized by the people we seek to ally ourselves with.”

We hope to make this page a living resource, an ongoing work-in-progress that we create together and in community.

If you have any resources or tips to add, please drop us a line at hello@livinghyphen.ca. We appreciate your labour in doing so and your commitment to this struggle for liberation.

Learn Our Shared History and Present

First and foremost, take the time to learn about Canada’s colonial past that we were not taught in our textbooks and the injustices and triumphs that continue to unfold today.

  1. Start with this reading list of Canadian history books by Indigenous authors.

  2. Read this Indigenous ally toolkit from the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network.

  3. Know whose land you’re on with whose.land – a web-based app that uses GIS technology to assist users in identifying Indigenous Nations, territories, and Indigenous communities across Canada. These maps are fluid and ever changing and should be used as an education tool to create dialogue around reconciliation.

  4. Read the final report and calls for justice in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

  5. Explore the resources found in Groundwork for Change – a website created by Non-Indigenous people whose mission is to provide information for Non-Indigenous/settler peoples grow relationships with Indigenous peoples that are rooted in solidarity and justice.

  6. Take the one-day Indigenous Cultural Competency Training course offered by the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto to understand today’s Indigenous culture and how the historical and current experiences shape misinformed views of Indigenous people.

Read, Watch, and Listen to Indigenous Voices

Diversify your reading list, Instagram feed, music playlists, TV picks, and event plans to include more Indigenous voices. Sometimes it isn’t so much about turning up the volume on marginalized voices, but simply switching the channel to the ones that actually put them centre stage.

  1. Read books by Indigenous writers starting with this list, this list, and this list.

  2. Muskrat Magazine is an online Indigenous literary magazine full of great articles and links to Indigenous arts and culture events.

  3. Listen to Indigenous music starting with this playlist from the Indigenous peoples of Canada, U.S.A., and Mexico.

  4. Working It Out Together is an online magazine exclusively featuring Indigenous voices including writers, artists, activists, filmmakers, scholars, and knowledge keepers.

  5. Add Media Indigena to your podcast list – a weekly Indigenous current affairs podcast.

  6. Netflix has announced new partnerships with three Indigenous cultural organizations in Canada to help foster and develop screen talent. Look out for these productions in the near future.

  7. Indigenous Tourism Canada provides an interactive map with Indigenous events across Canada. Attend one in your local community or when you’re traveling across Canada!

Support Indigenous Businesses

If cultural reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples of Canada is only just beginning, economic reconciliation is even farther behind. You can support local Indigenous businesses as a small act of solidarity and resistance.

  1. Indigenous Tourism Canada’s website also features many Indigenous-owned businesses and experiences across the country that you can support.

  2. Eat at Indigenous-owned restaurants in Toronto, Vancouver, and across the country.

  3. Bearstandingtall & Associates provide online and experiential sensitivity training and Indigenous awareness for corporations. Encourage senior management to hire them for your team.  

HAVE MORE TO CONTRIBUTE?

We hope to make this page a living resource, an ongoing work-in-progress that we create together and in community. If you have any resources or tips to add, please drop us a line at hello@livinghyphen.ca. We appreciate your labour in doing so and your commitment to this struggle for liberation.