2023 Festival Land Acknowledgement

June 9, 2023
Deanna Jones
As artists, we like to think that our ideas, our creativity, and our sense of community are unique, and while we feel we’ve created something very special in this celebration of the arts in downtown St. Catharines, it is by no means unique. For over 10,000 years, community, creativity, and the arts have been happening on this land. St. Catharines is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, the Wyandot peoples and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, and many nations, recorded and unrecorded, since time immemorial. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and within the land protected by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum agreement, an agreement between nations, an agreement between people to take care of and share the land - an agreement that has been broken and neglected. To us, this acknowledgment is a call to action, and not an invitation to rest. At Suitcase in Point our relations matter significantly and what we do, what we put out there, the stories we tell, and the artists we showcase matter to us. We are far from experts and are committed to growing our ability to care for one another. With our hearts and eyes open, we invite you to fill out our audience survey where we welcome any suggestions and input on how we as a festival can take meaningful action towards the spirit of a shared future.

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