National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Shambhala Music Festival acknowledges and is grateful to the Syilx, Sinixt and Ktunaxa Nations on whose land we work, live and play. We recognise that our Farmily comes together amongst the mountains, forests and rivers of the unceded, traditional lands of the Syilx, Sinixt and Ktunaxa Nations, and we honour that it is on this land that we are able to create the magic that is Shambhala Music Festival. We hope our guests will feel a connection and respect to the past and the future of the Syilx, Sinixt and Ktunaxa peoples when they set foot on the farm.
Today we also acknowledge Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day gives us an opportunity to recognize and honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. This recognition of the very serious and tragic history of residential schools, as well as its ongoing impact, is an essential part of the reconciliation process.
Here are some calls to action that could be helpful for you:
- Learn: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
- Donate: Orange Shirt Society, The Legacy of Hope Foundation, Indian Residential School Survivors Society, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Reconciliation Canada
- Watch: 12 Indigenous-themed films to stream on CBC Gem
- Act: Show your support and honour the survivors of residential schools by wearing orange today
- Listen: We know our Farmily is connected by music, so be sure to check out some of our favourite First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists: @snottynoserezkids @handsome.tiger @TheHalluciNation @djshub @tanyatagaq @raquel_divar Please share your favourite First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists on our social media posts, so we can explore more music!
Shambhala Music Festival is excited and proud to announce the following steps we are taking to do better:
- Creation of an Annual Art Grant for local First Nations, Inuit, and Métis visual artists to create and share their artwork on the farm
- Launch of the Shambhala Music Festival Apprenticeship Program for local First Nations, Inuit, and Métis who would like to start a career in the music festival industry
- Annual University Scholarship Program for a First Nations, Inuit, or Métis student
- During work hours, our HQ staff have completed the Reconciliation 101 – Self-Guided Training from the Indigenous Relations Society
These initiatives are currently under development, and will be available in the coming months. If you are a First Nations, Inuit, and Métis person who are interested in participating in one of the above initiatives, you can register your interest here.