POP Montreal would like to acknowledge that our festival, events, and activities take place on unceded Indigenous lands. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We recognize the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather. We are coming together to build new relationships and strong communities; we wish to respect the continued connections with the past, present, and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples in the Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal community. We hope to learn from the traditional custodians of Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal so we can continue to grow as an organization, respect the land, and honour the histories that bring us together in celebration of music, culture, and art.
POP Montreal urges everyone who attends the festival, either in person, or virtually, to become informed about and involved in anti-colonial and Indigenous-led struggles and resistance where you live. We would also like to acknowledge the solidarity that exists between Indigenous resistance and Black liberation struggles, and that working towards decolonization also includes supporting Black lives and liberation.
Adapted from Concordia University’s Indigenous Directions Leadership Group Territorial Acknowledgement Statement, February 16, 2017.