We’re so saddened and appalled by the recent violence against M’ikmaw fishers. Tatamagouche Centre stand in solidarity with Mi’kmaq Treaty rights to a Moderate Livelihood.
What makes us turn to violence, racism? What allows us to work through conflict in a way that undoes some of the knots, reduce harm? What work do we have as Treaty people in Peace and Friendship? What part protest and accountability to justice? What part friendship, gathering, dialogue?
Martin Luther King Jr. said
Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.
So what part power and what part love? In some conversations around anti-racism, anti-oppression practices, you’ve said we need:
courage to name racism and talk through harm together when it rears
training and awareness around trauma, privilege
accountability and transparency on what we do, can do
to think about the whole system – programs, governance, mentoring, language, symbols
to consider barriers like child care and what different nervous systems can handle
friendship, ceremony, gathering, dialogue
We’re exploring lots of ways for diverse voices and experiences to join the conversations and influence decisions. One will be regular Community Conversations. Our first Community Conversation on October 30, 2020 saw much participation and conversation! We’ll let you know about our next scheduled one soon!