On National Indigenous Peoples Day, we honour, acknowledge, and celebrate the Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik people across our beautiful and beloved land. The more time we spend with our Indigenous friends, neighbours, and Elders, the more we appreciate their unique culture, rich language, and crucial contributions to our community.
However, especially as we continue to reflect on #BlackLivesMatter, we realize our knowledge and appreciation needs to be backed by real, meaningful action. We are committed to recognizing the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women report, and to supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 Calls to Action, as well as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
We’re also passionate about learning more about Mi’kmaw and Wolastoqiyik culture, language, and music, and we’re deeply grateful to the Indigenous artists, advisors, and Elders who continue to share their art and their truths with us. We have committed to continuing our regular collaborations with Indigenous artists and advisors, and will continue to work with community partners to celebrate and integrate Indigenous music and culture.
As we move forward, we urge you to join us as we continue to listen, learn, and grow, and build a future together based on respect, renewal, and reconciliation. We highly recommend the resources at the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, and if you haven’t yet heard Rebecca Thomas’ We’re Not Done Drumming, we hope you’ll take a listen.