July 2, 2020
As we come out of Canada day, the SFSS encourages our members to start respectful conversations within our communities about what it means to decolonize. Canada serves as a home and place of refuge for many people. It is important for us to consider the history and creation of Canada, and how it is intrinsically linked to the continued genocide of Indigenous people, and oppression of Black and People of Colour. The SFSS is located on the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm
(Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), kʷikʷəƛ̓ əm (Kwikwetlem) and q̓icə̓y̓ (Katzie) Nations. We cannot celebrate Canada day without considering its brutal history, and the ongoing injustices that have occurred since contact. We must consider our Indigenous communities on campus, and how we can further support and amplify their voices. We must continue to educate ourselves and actively decolonize every aspect of our student society.
Educate yourself on Canada’s colonial past and present with these resources.