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 is standing in solidarity with the indigenous people of Attawapiskat and Turtle Island. We stand in solidarity with the occupiers and demand that their demands be met.
U of T students, staff and faculty - add your name to stand in solidarity.