“Art can make us feel what we haven’t yet figured out how to say.”
—Dr. Angela Davis
Jaberi Dance Theatre acknowledges the history of the sacred land of Tkarón:to 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’ rights and fight for self-determination.