We acknowledge this sacred land on which this team lives and works and where The Matchstick operates.
This land has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years and is known today by its colonial name of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This is sacred territorial land of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Wendat, Petun First Nations, Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River.
The territory was the subject of the Dish with 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.
As activists and artists, we at The Matchstick take this opportunity to commit ourselves to work against systems of oppression that have dispossessed Indigenous people of their lands and denied their rights to self-determination. We believe that this work is essential to broader human rights work across the world. Each day we are honoured to pursue our goals together on this land.
Amnesty Canada holds a strong commitment to supporting and amplifying Indigenous voices + experiences but of course we must push further. Examples include the No More Stolen Sisters campaign for MMIWG2S, the action against forced sterilization, and the many campaigns protesting resource extraction in Indigenous communities both in Canada but also in Latin America. Amnesty is inherently a settler-colonial organization based on stolen land that was acquired via genocide. It is our duty as non-Indigenous folx to prioritize unlearning and relearning our practices, perceptions, and ways of being.