Scholars Strike & Teach-In Sept 9-10, 2020
The Alberta University of the Arts Faculty Association supports the Scholar Strike and Teach-In (http://scholarstrikecanada.ca/) scheduled for September 9-10, 2020. Professors and students across North America are outraged at the relentless police killings of Black, Indigenous, and racialized people in the US and in Canada. We understand that these violent killings result from normalizing white supremacy and that we need to work together to build a culture and society that ends the systemic racism creating the conditions for this constant devaluing of racialized lives.
In the midst of a triple pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus, the worsening climate crisis, and the systemic racism inflicted by colonialization, we realize that we must work together with honesty, compassion, and care for one another, so that we can face the challenges of our times. We have so many ways to connect to the larger social movements for justice that we are part of if we choose to move forward with empathy and grace.
This evolving moment will be whatever we collectively make of it. We hope that what we are living through what could be considered growing pains, as we mature towards a culture that truly respects the lives and lived experiences of Indigenous, Black and racialized peoples, but for that growth and maturity to take place, we must learn to better listen and act when confronted with systemic racism and bigotry.
We respect that faculty and students will do what makes sense for them in their contexts, and we support them as we also voice our solidarity with and gratitude for the people out in the streets who refuse to accept unjust violence. We feel not only rage and grief, but also love and care for the ones who’ve been lost and those who continue to be endangered by systemic racism. We are grateful to be living on the traditional Treaty 7 territories of the Blackfoot people where we strive to be better relatives with the land. To promote reconciliation, the AUAFA acknowledges the traditional territories and oral practices of the Blackfoot Confederacy: Kainai, Piikani, Siksika, the Tsuu T’ina, and Îyâxe Nakoda Nations and the peoples of the Métis Nation (Region 3).