Content Warning: This post mentions genocide against Indigenous peoples living in Canada and residential schools. If you need emotional support, please contact the Indian Residential School Survivors Society toll-free at 1-800-721-0066 or 24hr Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419. 

To create space and capacity to amplify Indigenous voices and Indigenous-led calls to action against the colonial state, MUSE will be pausing all publishing on our online site and MUSE-related activity on our social media from July 1 until Sunday July 4th. As an organization that is led and comprised of mostly non-Indigenous settlers, has a home on the traditional land of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation peoples and has members across unceded lands in Canada, we have a responsibility to (un)learn and reflect on the ways in which we can take action against colonialism, genocide and land theft. To reflect on the land you are situated on as settlers, please visit: https://native-land.ca.

The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) strives to provide physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual growth, development, and healing through culturally-based values and guiding principles for Indigenous Survivors, Families, and Communities. In light of the mass unmarked grave findings throughout Canada, the IRSSS demand for funding is extremely high as they require additional funds to provide counselling, health support and cultural support. For more information about the IRSSS, please visit: https://www.irsss.ca/services

We have put out an internal Call to Action within our team to collect donations for the IRSSS on behalf of MUSE. If you would like to contribute a donation, please send an e-transfer to [email protected] with the comment “IRSSS.” If you have any questions regarding your donation, please contact Matt D’Alessandro, [email protected]

As a creative publication with submissions open to all Queen’s community members, MUSE is committed to amplifying all voices, including Indigenous voices, in an accountable space. Submissions remain open at https://www.muse-magazine.com/submissions/.

In solidarity,

Megan Fanjoy, Thalia Anobile, Matt D’Alessandro, Katherine Lidtke, & Chanel Romeo

Editor in Chief & Directors, MUSE Magazine

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