We dedicate this festival to Rebecca Clough, member of the Indigenous Circle and Hillside volunteer, who passed away February 1st. Rebecca was a free spirit whose laughter and smile lit up the lives of those around her. Her generosity and caring touched the lives of family and friends and helped create deep bonds of caring and friendship. Her love of music made her a cherished member of Hillside, and her contributions were highly valued. She will be deeply missed.
Hillside Inside is coming to you from the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people, which, more recently, have become the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. We acknowledge that the the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and Neutral People, Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations lived here before us and keep living here now. This sacred land has been the site of gatherings for more than 15,000 years. We give thanks to the caretakers of this territory, recorded and unrecorded, suppressed or forgotten, who also share the responsibility of caring for this territory. We honour the Dish With One Spoon treaty and our responsibility to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. Acknowledging the importance of land and people, of ownership and entitlement, is an invitation to understanding the connection between land, people, and history and the politics that can give those connections meaning. As DJ NDN noted at our festival that focused on the theme of “Stories That Need to Be Told,”
“Every Canadian should know what Indigenous words mean and where they come from. For example, what does “Quebec” mean and what language does it come from? What about Ontario? What about Toronto? If you learn the languages of the territory you’re on, you’ll learn a lot about the history of where you live.”
We encourage you to learn about the land you call home.
One of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action is to increase Indigenous programming and another is to ensure it reflects the diverse cultures, languages and perspectives of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. As people and organizations, we have a responsibility for the stewardship of the land on which we live and work and a responsibility to present the diverse art of Indigenous peoples. Hillside is committed to this responsibility.