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Pleasure Dome honours Truth and Reconciliation Day by acknowledging that our Indigenous community members and others across Turtle Island are devastated with acute and complicated grief. We witness the painful suffering of the intergenerational effects from the ongoing atrocities committed against your body, mind, and spirit, by white settler-colonial violence, namely the Canadian government, RCMP, and the Catholic Church. While Indigenous communities mourn the recovery and return of 6k+ children; we grieve with you. We adamantly support call (71) to have the records of residential school authorities released thereby harbouring an avenue of justice to urgently hold those responsible for genocide accountable.
As we reflect on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, Pleasure Dome reaffirms its commitment to provide programming that reflects the diverse cultures, languages, and perspectives of Indigenous peoples (85. i.). We are motivated by the urgency of (14. I.) to preserve Indigenous languages by programming more diverse languages. Pleasure Dome has volunteer leadership positions (84. ii) available to any Indigenous media artist or community member looking for professional development opportunities within our organization. Further, our organization is committed to dismantling racism in our cultural zeitgeist. We strive to work in solidarity through meaningful consultation by building respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples and organizations (92 i.).