The CRSC’s individual and group activities related to sharing colour knowledge take place across Canada, understood as part of Turtle Island – the ancestral homelands of over 630 First Nation communities, representing more than 50 Indigenous nations and languages.
The CRSC will work to respect, affirm and support where necessary the inherent Treaty Rights of all Indigenous Peoples across these lands and waters.
The CRSC recognizes that in the name of research and education, many injustices and traumas have been and continue to be perpetrated upon the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. Those include deliberate policies and violent acts – efforts to erase Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing, languages, connection to family, community, governance, lands, waters, and ways of living that have existed here since time immemorial.
The CRSC recognizes that Indigenous theories, teachings and practices carry with them stories of deep meaning, known throughout these lands and waters, and hold value for all peoples. We ask our leaders and community members to develop and promote respectful relationships with Indigenous communities, leaders, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, scholars, students and teachers.
The CRSC’s commitment to honouring the knowledge, ways of knowing and wisdom of Turtle Island’s Indigenous peoples aims to contribute to the decolonizing work required today for moving towards a just society.
This statement was developed in consultation with Nadia McLaren, Indigenous Community Relations Advocate at OCAD University.