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We can celebrate gender and sexual diversity while also demanding a Pride month where Indigenous peoples are acknowledged and supported through actionable movements to address decolonization in all of our approaches toward social justice.   

As non-Indigenous people, as settlers, newcomers, immigrants, permanent residents, and more, we must learn to work in solidarity with Indigenous peoples. This ‘nice,’ polite Canadian cliche is getting old and provides cover for Canada’s colonial past and present. It wasn’t a dark chapter in Canadian history. It IS a dark chapter. There are thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, drinking water advisories on reservations, a steep overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in child welfare systems and prisons, and last but not least, forced sterilization.

We must learn to work in solidarity with Indigenous peoples, and in Canada, we have the blueprint ready.  In detail, Indigenous peoples came together and explained how settlers, churches, and governments could work towards repairing past and present violence.
  1. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action 
    • 94 calls to action
    • Of the 94
      • 10 Calls to Action have been completed;
      • 0 Calls regarding child welfare, education, and health care have been completed;
      • 1 Call has been completed regarding language and culture;
      • 2 Calls have been completed regarding justice;
      • and 7 Calls have been completed regarding Reconciliation
  2. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
  3. National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
    • 231 calls for justice
    • There have been approximately 4,000 or more murders or missing women and girls in the last 30 years. 
A great way to determine if your commitments shift past performative gestures—beyond words of empathy and flag-lowering—is to input your obligations into this template.

As a ___ this week I can work in solidarity with ___ by  ______________.
As a ___ this month I can work in solidarity with ___ by ______________.
As a  ___ in the future, I can work in solidarity with ___ by ____________.


Here’s an example: As a settler, this week, I can work in solidarity with Indigenous peoples by donating to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.

These simple statement templates help us to consider our own positionality, emphasize how solidarity is an ongoing engagement, and reflect on different ways that we can act on it.  

Use them no matter your context or the group you seek to work in solidarity with. It was just days after the Israel-Gaza ceasefire—as the world mourned the loss of lives—that the world learned of mass graves of Indigenous peoples in El Salvador and the land now known as Canada. In this way, our work must be global and must span well beyond constructed colonial borders.

Pride Month 🌈 🎊

We will be sharing our latest blog and resources for PRIDE in the next issue. Stay tuned!

National Indigenous History Month 

June is National Indigenous History Month and non-Indigenous people have a responsibility to work towards reconciliation. This begins with understanding the history and current lived experiences of Indigenous peoples.

 

Learn about:

 

Support Indigenous artists and entrepreneurs:

 

People to follow and learn with:

 

Listen to Indigenous podcasts: 

 

Study Indigenous texts:

 

Donate to organizations working with and run by Indigenous peoples and communities:


And finally, don’t miss The Indigenous People’s Day Showcase at Pride Toronto on June 21st at 6:00 pm EST.

National AccessAbility Week


Did you know that 16% of the Canadian population—or 5.3 million Canadians—live with some form of disability that affects their level of freedom, independence or quality of life?

May 30 to June 5, 2021 is National AccessAbility Week. It’s a time to renew our commitment to make our communities and workplaces inclusive of everyone.

When we remove barriers, Canadians with disabilities can participate fully in society and workplaces, which helps communities thrive and strengthen the economy.

This year’s theme is “Disability Inclusion 2021: Leaving No One Behind.” Celebration activities will be virtual, of course, in line with current public health instructions.

Let’s change the way we think, talk and act about accessibility and inclusion!
National AccessAbility Week 2021: Stakeholder toolkit

Digital Land Acknowledgement

Feminuity was founded on land that is the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples and is home to many First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples.  

As a remote team, we encourage our team members, clients, and partners to reflect on colonialism’s enduring legacy and engage in reconciliation meaningfully. We encourage everyone to action the Indigenous learnings of this web page and this Indigenous Ally Toolkit by Dakota Swiftwolfe.

Creator Feature 📣🎶 

Orene Askew is an Afro-Indigenous, 2-Spirited, Member of Squamish Nation Council, DJ, a Business Coach, an Advocate, and a Motivational speaker who has given more than 100 motivational talks Indigenous youth across the country. She is currently working on her R&B track and video.

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