The following is a statement from the Board of Directors of the Jack Millikin Centre:
Arts and Culture are at the heart of the Jack Millikin Centre and the Jack Millikin Centre is in the heart of Treaty Six Territory.
However, the origins of the Jack Millikin Centre are rooted in white settler thinking and approaches. We are an organization currently led by white settlers, headquartered on the ancestral and traditional territory the Nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dene, Dakota, Lakota and Nakota nations, and the homeland of the Métis. We have imposed a settler-colonial way of being and acknowledge we live, work and play with greater benefit than the original caretakers of this land.
We seek to repair relationships and create partnerships with our Indigenous Communities.
In doing that, we hope that Indigenous and Western world-views will have equitable voice and space in our programs so that they are safe, meaningful, and culturally relevant for all participants. Entering into this process of decolonization will guide our continual learning.
We understand this is an opportunity for everyone to engage in dialogue regarding our personal and shared histories, thus creating a culture of belonging. One that reflects a mutual interrelation (earth-human dynamic).
We are excited to see where this will lead us all.