Jaberi Dance Theatre acknowledges the history of the sacred land of Tkaronto upon which it operates, a site of human activity and storytelling for 15,000 years. For time immemorial, this has been the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe people, the Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, the Seneca and the Mississaugas of the Credit River Nations. Today, this land is home to many other Indigenous nations from across Turtle Island. As refugees and newcomers to this land, we acknowledge centuries of colonial settler violence and destruction that continues to this day, and the ways in which we benefit from this oppression. The refugee experience shares many parallels with the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, as they are forcibly displaced from their own lands due to colonial and imperialist fuelled wars over land and resources. Therefore, we stand in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples’ right and fight for self-determination.
Jaberi Dance Theatre stands in solidarity with all those who are resisting anti-Black racism, anti-Black violence and police brutality around the world, including Canada. The recent murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery as well as countless others, remind us that as a global community of artist, activists and leaders, we have a responsibility to stand strong against systemic violence and inequities rooted in white supremacy.