Land Acknowledgement

The Silverfish committee acknowledges that our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabeg, the Huron-Wendat, the Chippewa, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations in Tkaronto. Tkaronto is home to many First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples gathered on Dish With One Spoon territory, a wampum agreement created by the Indigenous peoples of the Great Lakes. The Dish With One Spoon agreement signifies that we respectfully share this land, as we eat from the same dish with one spoon. We acknowledge that this treaty has been broken by the violence of settler/colonialism. As we gather together on Dish With One Spoon territory, we ask then, how do we repair our relationship to each other and to the land? How do we gather and share knowledge on this land within legacies of violence and broken treaties?

Silverfish Magazine’s commitment to an anti-oppressive and equitable framework includes acknowledging the colonial history and ongoing colonial violence of the land on which we gather. We agree to create community agreements in each iteration of our workshop series, to remind us of our duty to repair relations to each other and to the land we occupy. We are committed to transparency in our decision making processes, and agree to publish and update our mandate, manifesto, and operational information on our website on an ongoing basis. We are committed to including 2SLGBTQ+ and BIPOC voices in our publication and workshop program by enacting equitable selection practices.

We wish to acknowledge that as both a print and digital publication, our platform reaches many territories across Turtle Island and beyond. We encourage settlers accessing our platform to consider their relationship to the lands on which they live and work. Where do you seek nourishment and opportunity? Who are the original owners and custodians of that land? What other lands have nourished you in your life? How do you enact gratitude to land and to Indigenous communities? How do we enact the principles of harm-reduction, long term sustenance, and nourishment together?