We are in Mi’kma’ki. Symphony Nova Scotia’s performances take place on the unceded and traditional territories of the Mi’kmaq. The home you are sitting in at this very moment is on the Mi’kmaq’s territory. If you are reading this from outside of Mi’kma’ki, we invite you to learn about and honour the Indigenous Nations on whose territory you reside.
It is important to acknowledge the uncomfortable truth that for you to sit in your home, look over your yard, and walk around your neighborhood, Indigenous people were removed, displaced, and killed. We hold this acknowledgement with the same reverence and respect we have for anyone who has died in the name of Canada, by choice or not.
There is a word that is often used to mean welcome. Pjila’si. However, the literal translation is akin to “step forward.” With this in mind, we invite you to step forward. Embrace what you don’t know. Know that this may be uncomfortable and that you may be challenged on what you always thought to be true.
If you're looking for a place to start your learning journey or want to continue the conversation about truth and reconciliation, visit our website for some helpful resources.
Wela’lioq. Thank you.