Community Market Acknowledgments

It is still rare for those of us who study and work in the Niagara region to acknowledge that we meet on Indigenous lands, over which Indigenous people still hold jurisdiction. Here in St. Catharines we are meeting on the shared lands of the Onkwehonwe. (Pronounced: Own – gway- hone- way).

 

This shared territory is held by Haudenosaunee (Hoe-den-no-show-nee), Anishinaabeg (A-nish-i-na-bey), Huron-Wendat, and Neutral peoples. All of us, both Indigenous and newcomers are ‘treaty people’ responsible to uphold the treaty’s first made here.

 

A key treaty governing this territory is the “Dish with One Spoon” agreement. This treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee binds them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous nations and peoples, settlers and all newcomers, have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.

 

In particular, this treaty signifies that all of us that share this territory – the ‘Dish’ and its resources are to be eaten with only one spoon. That means we have to share the responsibility of ensuring the dish is never empty; which includes, taking care of the land and the creatures we share it with. Importantly, there are no knives at the table, representing that we must keep the peace.

 

In thinking about the responsibilities of the ‘One Dish One Spoon’ Agreement, we urge you to think about what is happening in our world today and it is essential that we root all of our discussions in the fact that historically and currently, Indigenous people are disproportionately impacted by many of the topics we are covering. We see similar targeting happen to racialized communities, perpetuating ong standing ideas of Anti-Black racism. 

Legacies of colonization, racism, and capitalism are upheld everyday of 2020 by our failure to address ongoing attacks on Two Spirit, trans, and gender non-conforming Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Colour, who have always been at the forefront of calling for essential societal change, which this far too often ends up in their deaths. In thinking about building creative spaces for societal change, we must be prioritizing these discussions and supporting the creative and political work of Indigenous and Black people and communities within Niagara, across this country, and across the world. 

We also strive to acknowledge the work that often goes unacknowledged. Throughout the city and region we see everything from more formal bodies like the Anti-Racism Advisory Committee to social media accounts like @BlackOwned905 to personal relationships supporting our collective liberation. As people with the ability and privileges to access this online events, we also want to acknowledge the people not present able to participate. And with this, reflect upon the realities and identities not reflected in the event. 

 

In supporting Indigenous and anti-racism solidarity, please take the time to educate yourself and your networks on the following issues, by following, sharing, donating, and using the social capital you hold in acts of solidarity:

Indigenous vendors, creators & artists  to follow:

Niagara Based

Indigenous resources:

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The work of OPIRG Brock primarily takes place on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Neutral peoples.

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