2017 is the year that the settler nation of Canada turns 150 years old. It's spending more than $500m to celebrate, with one of the main themes of the celebrations being 'reconciliation' with Indigenous peoples.
Yet, many don’t feel much like celebrating when the celebrations happen on stolen Indigenous land that is not being returned, and while the colonial violence that is the ongoing presence of 'Canada' is normalized.
If reconciliation is to be part of the celebration, isn’t there supposed to be truth that comes first? And, if we’re being truthful, then isn’t there more than truth needed before Canada can celebrate reconciliation?
In light of the above, all proceeds from these shirts are going to Indigenous organizations who are organizing without, beyond, and against the Canadian state. Past runs of this shirt have seen proceeds go the Onaman Collective, an Indigenous arts and language collective (one run also raised money for their Indigenous Tattoo Gathering), and the Titiesg Wîcinímintôwak/Bluejays Dancing Together Collective, which is a 2 Spirit Indigenous collective that does arts & skillshare workshops in Tkaronto.
Instead of celebrating the nation and its ongoing colonialism, there are many sites of Indigenous resistance that are, indeed, worth celebrating (and supporting) instead.