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.

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.

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