The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) stands in solidarity with the Black community as protestors demand justice for George Floyd, and the many other Black people of all ages and genders who have lost their lives unnecessarily simply because of the colour of their skin.
Protests across the United States and Canada have many of us thinking of our own experiences with racism. Much like the United States, deep rooted systemic racism exists in Canada. Racism has been institutionalized and weaponized, allowing for unconscionable words and actions to become the norm rather than the exception. We condemn racism in all its forms.
We have to speak out. We have to stand united with the victims of marginalization, repression, and murder because of their skin colour. We have to stand with those who are calling for racial justice through peaceful protests across North America.
We need a commitment to justice. We need to have difficult conversations about race. We need to stand up to racism when we see and hear it.
We need non-BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) allies to step up and use their platform and their privilege to elevate the voices and issues of BIPOC peoples and communities.
As Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Peoples, and throughout the Squamish Nation as a government organization, we value respect, diversity, and inclusion.
We recognize these to be extraordinarily trying times for many and we are committed to supporting our community and our staff.
Indigenous Peoples: If you are in crisis or having suicidal thoughts, please call KUU-US Crisis line
at 1-800-588-8717 available 24/7
Resources for Squamish Nation members: https://www.squamish.net/community-health-wellness-services-during-covid-19/