"It always starts with some sort of acknowledgement. Putting that out there, and the universe has that way of opening that door."
– Charlene Aleck • Ts’simtelot (Tsleil-Waututh)
Seeyu Studios respectfully acknowledges that our work takes place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the scəw̓aθən (Tsawwassen), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Semiahmoo, Kwantlen, Katzie, Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛəm), Qayqayt First Nations, and other Coast Salish Peoples. We thank these First Nations for having cared for these lands and waters since time out of mind, and we extend our appreciation for the opportunity to live, work, learn, create, and share spaces as well as stories during our time here.
This territory acknowledgment is also a reminder of the discriminatory and racist practices that have had a lasting legacy and continue to create barriers for Indigenous peoples and communities today. Seeyu Studios acknowledges the ongoing violence and trauma that is part of structural colonialism.
We wish to educate ourselves and others to let Coast Salish protocol (a term Indigenous peoples have adapted to use in external usage with "the rest of the world" in reference to the understanding of their expectations and desires) guide our actions to help disrupt and dismantle the effects of colonialism beyond this acknowledgement.
Here's what that compels us to do in our efforts to prioritize Coast Salish protocol:
We invite you to join us in learning more about why we acknowledge the land we stand on, and the importance of reconciliation rhetoric by visiting the following resources: