June 21, 2020
Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada and Heavy Hitting HorrorFest stands in solidarity with Indigenous, Black, and all People of Colour who are fighting for changes against the perpetual violence, brutality, and systemic oppression committed against them. Whistler is on the traditional territories of the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations. We are honoured to be able to host our events on these lands.
Every year HorrorFest uses a portion of our ticket sales to donate to a cause within our community. We feel its important to give back and even though our annual event has been cancelled for 2020 we are moved to support organizations that are fighting the gross systemic racism and oppression in our own backyard. With that we are donating a total of $500 from our remaining savings to RAVEN and Black Lives Matter Vancouver to help these organizations continue to fight for equality.
RAVEN raises legal defense funds to assist Indigenous Peoples who enforce their rights and title to protect their traditional territories. RAVEN also collaborates with Indigenous Peoples to eliminate environmental racism and foster a greater understanding of Indigenous rights and governance.
The Black Lives Matter Vancouver chapter is a cause that supports the organizing work of black folks and allies in undoing systemic racialized violence.
Discrimination and intolerance have never been and never will be tolerated at any of our events. Films that perpetuate these themes for the sake of it will not under any circumstance be permitted.
This is a
pivotal moment in the history of our society. We are all witnessing a deep and
profound movement, that will hopefully see the much-needed changes for a better
tomorrow for everyone. To become better allies we have been digging into this
list of resources and we wanted to share it with the HorrorFest family. HorrorFest
is committed to continue learning, listening, be better advocates, and continue
to support equality and inclusivity for everyone. This bullshit has gone on for
far too long and we are grateful to see the winds of change blowing.
FIRST NATIONS RESOURCES TO FOLLOW:
Facebook Groups to Follow:
An Online Course for Indepth Learning about
Indigenous Issues in Canada:
Books to read:
Podcasts and other audio:
Videos and Movies:
ANTI RACISM RESOURCES TO FOLLOW:
Black Lives Matter Canada Chapters:
Resources (Books, Social Profiles / Pages, Documentaires, Movies, Websites and more)
- Black Enslavement in Canada
- Racial Equity Tools and Resources
Resources Addressing Racism &
(This "Resources" document is intended to provide helpful starting steps for non-black people in the journey of unlearning racism & anti-blackness. If you want to learn to be an ally, this is “starting somewhere.” Click. Read. Watch. Unlearn.)
- Ways You Can Help Black Lives Matter
This link offers ways to learn about petitions you can sign, calls and texts you can make for justice, where to donate and other informative resources.
- After the protests: How to be an active ally to the Black community
- How to be an ally to people of colour and other marginalized groups
- How we Battled Racism | BodyBreak Hal Johnson
- Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man