Decolonization Space Name Change to “ENSEMBLE”
“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
In order to honour the position of Indigenous Scholars and Peoples, that say that we should not water down the importance of repatriation of the land to Indigenous Peoples as the first and most critical form of decolonization; Solidarité Milton-Parc supports full repatriation of the land as “decolonization”, and will no longer refer to the educational work we’re doing as “decolonization”, so as not to corrupt the importance of reconciling land ownership and use. Please refer to Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang’s scholarly article “Decolonization is Not A Metaphor” for more information.
We will also cease to refer to open dialogues or people telling their stories, as (Talking or Sharing) “Circles”, so as not to appropriate Indigenous cultural practices.
That said, we will continue doing the same critical work of deconstructing and reflecting on ongoing colonization, how we’ve been taught to think about ourselves and others, and how we behave in relationship to each other. The Space is about how we are all connected, and how we bring ourselves to each other as all important parts of this collective human experience with Mother Earth. This continues to be an experiment of coming together to think and behave differently towards each other, with humility, honouring each other, honesty and healing. How we can come together with the intention to “practice justice” as angel Kyodo williams says.
“ENSEMBLE”, in a musical context, is the coming together of individuals who contribute their gifts to make a piece of music. A dictionary definition of ENSEMBLE is: “all the parts of a thing taken together, so that each part is considered in relation to the whole”. We believe that in order to affect change, we must come together to both listen to other’s stories and tell our own stories as well. Coming together with critical open-mindedness and open-heartedness to reflect, learn, challenge our own personal discriminations, and work on healing, is the intention of this space.