Statement

PSN recognizes that we live and organize on Treaty 6 Territory. We would like to acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous peoples whose footsteps have marked this territory for centuries, including Cree, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway / Saulteaux / Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our community.

As we assert our opposition to Israeli apartheid and our solidarity with the Palestinian people, we feel we cannot speak meaningfully about these issues without acknowledging the realities of a similar system here in Canada.

Canada´s reservation system and treatment of Indigenous peoples was closely studied by the planners of apartheid in South Africa, though this is a hidden chapter of our history. We recognize that from its very beginning, the founding of Canada was built on the theft of Indigenous lands, and the genocide and displacement of Indigenous peoples.

If you are with us in opposition to Israeli apartheid, we encourage your consistent opposition to the elements of a similar system here in Canada.

In the interest of having an open dialogue, PSN urges all participants at our events and people who interact with PSN online to engage on these issues in a respectful manner. We categorically reject and will not in any way tolerate instances of Islamophobic, anti-Semitic or other racist behaviour.