Land Acknowledgment

"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:

  • Ask: how can we develop relationships with peoples whose territory we live on in the modern Canadian geopolitical landscape?
  • Question: what is our agency doing beyond acknowledging the territory where we live, work, or hold our activities and events?
  • Learn how to recognize, redress and give weight to the history, experiences, and identities that have been suppressed.
  • Identify opportunities in our work, local communities, and professional networks to encourage others to learn about the need for truth and reconciliation.
  • Seek creative ways of taking action to help restore power, influence, and control to the original people of this land.
  • Stay curious about creating healthy communities.
  • Build upon relationships, conversations and types of work that has spirit in it.
  • Help seek out avenues for those, whose voices have yet to be heard, to speak up without judgment.
  • Make spirited work that will move people or create positive change.
  • Bring only goodness into our work and what we leave behind.
  • Have candid and open conversations about what we're not doing, what is not happening, or what is not being done to create substantive changes.
  • Reflect upon actions we as individuals and as a collective can take to do deeper work toward reconciliation.

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:

Page Last Updated:
6 November 2022